Sprint series blasts off with a small but determined fleet
HEATS one and two of the Port Curtis Sailing Club's Sprint Series went off with a bang last Saturday with a small but determined fleet of four dinghies and three yachts rallying in front of Spinnaker Park for the day's races.
The Sprint Series is a fast-paced short course series that challenges crews with more frequent manoeuvres and sail changes than usual, necessitating an experienced foredeck crew.
In the big boats, Immigrant, Solitaire and Da'Luke were out for heat one.
Some exciting competition unfolded between Immigrant and Solitaire with both boats sailing well to the windward mark.
The reaching legs of the course favoured Immigrant slightly but this first race was taken out on handicap by just over five minutes by Solitaire.
Da'Luke retired from heat two leaving Jeff and Janet Paul and Rob Auty to duke it out in the steady 13 to 15-knot breeze.
Auty's Solitaire was pipped by Immigrant by just 23 seconds on corrected time, awarding heat two bragging rights to the Paul family.
The dinghy fleet had a blast in ideal conditions although dredging operations badly affected the flexibility of courses that could be set.
Foredeck operator Martin Cooper and Captain Jack Paul tabled two convincing wins in PCSC Pacer Golding, with Jackson Cooper and Maria Mohrholz claiming a second place each in heat one and two respectively.
Ian and Claire Williams also enjoyed a day out on the water, conducting some training and testing on Kissin' Dynamite.
Next weekend, the big boats set sail northward for the annual Capricornia Cruising Yacht Club Round the Bay Race.
Back at home the PCSC dinghy fleet will be racing a further Sprint Series from 2pm tomorrow.
For more information about sailing in Gladstone, visit the Gladstone Yacht Club website gyc.com.au.