Wild winds hit sailors

THE SOCIAL fun of the Hervey Bay Boat Club Yacht Squadron's invitation race is over - and the serious side of sailing kicked off when the National Trailerable Multihull Regatta began yesterday.

The sailors enjoyed near-perfect conditions for the invitation race on Sunday, with the south easterly wind holding steady at 12 to 15 knots, but yesterday was a different story.

The wind reached speeds of 25 to 30 knots yesterday, causing some problems for sailors.

“A few of the boats had trouble in the afternoon,” Hervey Bay sailor Gavin Patterson said yesterday.

The rough conditions saw several boats withdraw from racing.

“It was a battle against the elements.”

Racing will continue today with a passage race to Kingfisher on Fraser Island.

Patterson said he would be hoping for smoother conditions during racing today.

“I don't want it (the wind) to blow at 25 or 30 knots again,” he said.

Conditions are expected to ease today, with winds expected to reach speeds of 12 to 13 knots, and Patterson said would be perfect for the sailors competing.

“That will be a bit more manageable.”

The race will start at 10am from Urangan Pier.



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