Solitaire crosses beahind the MV Mortenson. Photo Contributed
Solitaire crosses beahind the MV Mortenson. Photo Contributed Contributed

Weather sorts out sailors of sterner stuff in series

STRONG, blustery south-easterly winds bonded with an outgoing tide for last weekend's Ocean Racer Chaser series race keeping all but the most seasoned of Club sailors firmly tied to the docks.

The challenging and demanding conditions attracted three yachts and three dinghies to the waters of the harbour.

In the big boat fleet Missbehaviour, Tuan and Intriigue braved the conditions and enjoyed a fast run around the course with the prevailing wind favouring the monohulls which finished within seconds of one another.

Intriigue, which was handicapped 30 minutes prior to the start, clawed her way back to finish just over four minutes behind.

Brad and Maryke Barker's Tuan took home the day's bragging rights with a line honours finish.

Tuan was the eventual winner of the ORC Race. Photo Contributed
Tuan was the eventual winner of the ORC Race. Photo Contributed Contributed

The dinghy fleet battled with the chop in the harbour but there were smiles all round as the small, flighty boats popped up onto the plane, turning out some high speed legs around the course.

Ray Hobbs, best known for his success in the yacht fleet, sailed an Impulse Class dinghy over the weekend, greatly enjoying the sail.

"It was a great day on the water and having a bit more breeze made it a heap of fun," Hobbs said. (Full results of the dinghy fleets race are still to be announced.)

Tomorrow the first of the PCSC Head of the Harbour Series races is set to sizzle at 2pm on Saturday with a favourable weather forecast.

Following on from that, this Sunday is 2013 National Discover Sailing Day.

Discover Sailing Days are offered for free at many sailing clubs around Australia.

They are a fantastic way to have a great day out with your partner, friends, work colleagues or family.

Clubs look forward to showing people interested in sailing just how enjoyable, safe, accessible, and affordable sailing is.

A fantastic opportunity will be available to Gladstone region residents with National Discover Sailing Day on this Sunday from 10am to 2pm at the PCSC.

You'll have the option to go out for a short sail with an experienced sailor, have a look around the club facilities, and find out about the programs and courses available.

There is something for the whole family and even kids as young as five years old can sail when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information see http://bit.ly/18M5UK5, call 4972 2294 or pop into the Club at 1 Goondoon St.

Ray Hobbs enjoyed dinghy sailing on an impulse. Photo Contributed
Ray Hobbs enjoyed dinghy sailing on an impulse. Photo Contributed Contributed


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