John Lowenstein, Heiko De Groot and Rob Auty on Solitaire.
John Lowenstein, Heiko De Groot and Rob Auty on Solitaire. Contributed Marina Hobbs

Handful of yachts cruise start line of final race for 2012

SPECTATORS in Spinnaker Park were treated to the sight of a handful of yachts cruising the start line in preparation for the Port Curtis Sailing Club final race of 2012.

Fleet numbers were buoyed by a colourful display of dinghy sails as members returned from events held at neighbouring clubs.

Sprint events have the attraction of keeping the yacht and dinghy fleets close together which provides close competition between crews.

The nimble 30' Diamond class Solitaire with owner Rob Auty at the helm, led across the start line in both Race 1 and 2; crew Heiko De Groot and John Lowenstein shared the work on trapeze, rolling with the swells created by boat wakes and shipping movements on busy Gladstone Harbour.

Doctor's Orders had Tom Moran on the helm during Race 2, while dad, Lex Moran took over crewing duties, a fortunate decision as Lex was called on to battle wind and water on the foredeck to deal with a recalcitrant screecher sail flogging upwind to A6.

No Problem took it easy with Geoff Mc Innerney and Lynne Campbell kept busy on a pleasant triangle, sausage course rounding marks and testing sheeting skills.

In the dinghy fleet, Martin Cooper took wife Marree out for a challenge in a Pacer, while son Jackson displayed great flexibility in his laser class dinghy.

Maria Morholtz was a presence on the water in her Impulse, and Brad Renshaw and Steven Hindle challenged the Coopers in a second Pacer.

The annual Christmas Party, hosted by club manager Brien Dawson and wife Karen, was well attended by about 70 club members and families.

See gyc.com.au for 2013 sailing details.

 



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