Africa skipper David Norman and Bob Campbell, skipper of Twist and Shout, battle it out near the NU2 beacon under dark skies.
Africa skipper David Norman and Bob Campbell, skipper of Twist and Shout, battle it out near the NU2 beacon under dark skies. Gavin Patterson

Pocahontas wins in fickle winds

RAIN and major wind shifts ensured there was no smooth sailing for those that competed in race four Hervey Bay Boat ClubYacht Squadron’s Summer Series.

A fleet of 14 yachts took park in the race, heading north to the NU2 beacon off Dayman Spit and sailing into a light northerly.

Soon after the yachts went around the mark, the wind turned east and what should have been an easy spinnaker run to the S5 beacon off Woody Island became a hard slog against the easterly wind and the hard swell.

Rain scuds on the mainland and on Fraser Island under the low cloud cover were causing the shifts and lulls in the wind, which made sailing difficult for all the yachts.

Tony Richardson, sailing Pocahontas, was the first across the line, sailing well in the fickle winds.

Trevor Brown on Stir Fry, was in second place, both in time and on handicap, while David Lewis, sailing Aquamagic, was third in time and also on handicap.

Three of the 14 yachts competing failed to finish the race.

“All skippers agreed after the race that the wind shifts were troublesome and all hoped that winds might be more favourable for the next Yacht Squadron event,” sailor Gavin Patterson said.

The next event is a race around Woody Island on Sunday, November 28. It will start at 11am.

Interested skippers can attend the pre-race briefing which will be held one hour prior to the start of the race at the Yacht Squadron’s headquarters.

For more information about Yacht Squadron racing and social activities contact Squadron commodore Daryl Dorsett on 0408 198 132.



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