Close competition: Pacers round the mark. Photo contributed by Marina Hobbs.
Close competition: Pacers round the mark. Photo contributed by Marina Hobbs. Contributed by Marina Hobbs

Thylacine won sailing handicap, event offered double points

DOUBLE the points were up for grabs last weekend at the PCSC with previous cancellations due to weather forcing the day's Handicap Series race to double up as a coveted Club Championship Series race.

The conditions, particularly the skies, provided all four seasons in a day.

The start of the race began with a creeping drizzly fog with light winds that faded out to a lull for the yachts on the way to the QAL mark.

Luckily the tide was running out, so even with the lack of wind the big boats were heading in the right direction.

Doctor's Orders caught an early wind line and took the lead to the first mark with Solitaire hot on her heels.

Dannon Ware's Wocket in My Pocket hunted for wind closer to the shores of Barney Point along with Mike Phillip's Thylacine; both skippers had mixed success.

Doctor's Orders' risky choice to search for wind in the main channel whilst bucking the outgoing tide paid off, sailing her to a line honours victory.

Handicap honours went to Thylacine as the yachts sailed back through what felt and like a warm springtime afternoon adorned with low, scattered clouds and an electric blue sky.

A small, skilful fleet of dinghies contested two heats also contributing to aggregate standings in both the Championship and Handicap series.

Star performers and current Championship Series competitors Scott Patrick on Make It So and Jack Paul and Martin Cooper sailing Golding turned out excellent performances, with Paul and Cooper winning both Championship races with Patrick less than a miniscule 15 seconds behind them in both.

Handicap Series honours went to Ray and Carli Hobbs racing PCSC Pacer Wet Wet Wet in the day's first race with David Mann and crew Damian Van Deudekon, onboard his Cherub Bite the Bullet, taking out the second race convincingly.

With the season drawing to a close there's no doubt the competition will heat up in the coming weeks.

Racing tomorrow is the seventh and final heat of the PCSC Club Championship and begins at 2pm.



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