Sailors put skills to test in race around Keppel Bay
THE focus of yacht racing last weekend was the 4 RO Round the Bay Race hosted by Capricorn Cruising Yacht Club (CCYC).
The race around Keppel Bay has been a feature of the regional calendar for 40 years, with Port Curtis Sailing Club (PCSC) yachts featuring regularly on the honour board.
This year host club favourite "Special K", owned by Brian Spowart, took out the honours with a combination of skilful sailing and an element of good timing in catching the following breeze to enjoy a swift sail home from No 4 buoy.
CCYC Commodore Tim McCall was delighted by the success of the weekend event.
"This race can provide a mix of weather and conditions in a short period of time and Saturday was no exception," McCall said.
The starter's gun fired in light conditions, which dropped out completely by Mile Island; yachts drifted in circles for an hour, until gradually the winds built to 8 knots to progress the fleet on to Barren Island.
"On Arcadia, we had a nice run to No 4 buoy when the storm kicked in with 25 knots on the nose, easing to 12-15 for a windward run home," McCall said.
The smaller end of the fleet got the advantage of having the storm behind them for a significant amount of time, giving them a boost in the handicap results.
The weekend success can be measured by boats on the water, with 11 yachts racing and several spectator boats following the fleet for some distance.
"As always it was great to welcome the Gladstone yachts and crews as this event is very much an annual inter club competition," McCall said.
Sailing will restart at the PCSC this week, with Head of the Harbour Heat 3, on Saturday and Adult Start Sailing on Sunday morning.
Inquiries on learn to sail classes can be made at reception of Gladstone Yacht Club.