Winds a challenge during annual fairway race
SHIFTING winds added some interest and challenges to the annual Austin Family Fairway Buoy Race, held by the Port Curtis Sailing Club last Saturday.
Six yachts crossed the start line off Auckland Point, though Dannon Ware's well-loved Rocket in My Pocket was forced into an early retirement when the headsail halyard snapped soon after the start.
Sonofabeach, owned by Peter Leask and launched for the new season, sprinted down the harbour with a clear lead, followed by Intrigue, Doctor's Orders, No Problem and Miss Behaviour.
The fleet was carried briskly down the harbour with 12 to 17 knots of following breeze to the Tripod and then a windward leg to the Fairway.
Start official Barry Austin commented on the performance of Andrews Gregory's North Shore 10m Miss Behaviour.
"The only competing monohull, Miss Behaviour, looked very good on the water with sails set to crack sheets and a nice angle to the hull as she slipped down the harbour," he said.
Conditions allowed some interesting sailing angles, with a spinnaker return to the Tripod and another sail change for the crews for the final windward leg up the harbour to the finish at Auckland Point.
In the longer Fairway Buoy race, Anthony Constance and crew of the Williams family took out the first position on Intriigue, while Peter Leask in Sonofabeach took the honours in the shorter race to the tripod.