Twilight series drawing to an end
WITH the Bellbowrie Motors/Audi Sailing Twilight Series drawing to a close every race from here on in is vital to deciding the eventual winner.
The crew of Attunga with Rob Fox at the helm returns tomorrow night and they will be desperately seeking a good result upon their return to try and bridge the gap to the Steve Brown skippered B52 which is the current series leader.
Minor repairs have been made this week with the sail maker the clear winner after the heavy winds last Thursday.
As the wind strength neared the cut off point of 25 knots five brave yachts and their crews ventured out of the marina.
As the starter was preparing the fleet for the beginning of the race the mainsail on Overdive tore in half and with only seconds before the ten minute gun Booze Bus was putting in a seemingly unnecessary second reef on their mainsail due to damage as well.
With Overdrive out of the race and Booze Bus limping, the Bellbowrie Motors-Audi still got off on time at 5.30. All yachts broke the start and had to go back and start again except for Renee.
Skipper of Renee, Garry Innes has been a bit shy of the starting line, he and the crew were a touch ecstatic as they left the harbour ahead of the fleet for the first time.
With strong south easterly winds and a rolling southerly sea it wasn’t long before the racing pedigree came out in B52 and other competitors.
As the fleet rounded the first mark, the racing was frantic and words were exchanged instead of gelcoat providing a great discussion over a drink at the bar afterwards.
Offshore skipper Andrew Johnson chose a perfect course for the conditions seeing the fleet re-enter the harbour during the racing providing a great view for the avid spectators on The Jetty and back at The Yacht Club.
After the handicapper adjusted the times it was Jeff Leonard taking out first place in The Exporter. Booze Bus, with a damaged mainsail came in second and after their great but somewhat fluky start Garry Innes brought Renee in at third place.
Now that the series is drawing to a close it’s still anyone’s guess who will be the over-all winner.
Bellbowrie Motors-Audi Twilight Sailing
B52 (Steve Brown)
Attunga (Rob Fox)
Overdrive (Andrew Johnston)
The Exporter (Jeff Leonard)
Booze Bus (Wayne Benson)
Slippery When Wet (Peter Orr)
Renee (Garry Innes)
Flyaway (John Hutcho)