Sailors have a ball at regatta
A WEEKEND of superb racing characterised the Kingfisher Bay Regatta.
The sailors returned, tired but exhilarated, after holding a friendly race to conclude the series yesterday.
The sailors competed over three separate division, monohull, multihull and cruising yachts.
Hervey Bay sailor Gavin Patterson described the conditions as “delightful”.
“It was a lovely regatta,” he said.
“It’s one of the highlights of a year of sailing.
“Everyone loves coming here to compete.”
A light south easterly wind blew for most of the series. It ranged from about 8 to 10 knots with large shifts creating a challenge for the sailors.
On Monday the sailors enjoyed calm weather but were greatly affected by the heat as they raced near Woongoolba Creek.
In the monohull division David Lewis, sailing Aquamagic, came first.
Stuart Garner in Splish Toc was second while Ken Ferguson in Canuk was third.
In the cruising yachts division Matti Javinsen was first in Sweet Surrender.
School’s Out, skippered by Mike Welch, was second and Montage, skippered by Brian Beutel was third.
In the multihull division Tony Richardson was first.
Hervey Bay sailor Daryl Dorsett was second in Pork Chop and John Dowling was third in Turning Point.
“It was the finest regatta with the best weather and very convivial competitors that made a very enjoyable four days,” Richardson said.
Richardson was competing with his wife, Ros, and said they would definitely be back to compete next year.
“For sure – I think we’ve been doing it for 15 out of its 18 years,” he said.