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Race 1 25th Feb
For something different, Duty Boat Vivace, together with volunteers Jim Garner and Geoff Osborne, set a windward / leeward course for the fleet that turned up on Saturday. Greeted with 15 knot eaterly wind and choppy seas, the fleet headed out to a windward mark set approximately 1.2 Nautical Miles to windward, around a 3 lap course.
First out of the box and away was Vivace, skippered by John Rae, followed by Delher Magic (Greg Tobin) and Heart of Gold (Alistair Donaldson). Not so fortunate was The Poacher (John Foster), who were squeezed out at the start and had to come back to restart. However this gave them a chance to split tacks with the rest of the fleet, and quickly get back into the race.
Also, Cool Change (Bob Critchley), Mistery (Bill Hopton) and Heart of Gold all went too far out to the north of the course and overlaid the first mark.
Around the windward mark, spinnakers were set for the downwind leg back to shore for the first time.
After 3 laps, the fleet headed back to the finish at the entrance to Mackay Harbour. First home was Vivace, followed by Heart of Gold and Delher Magic.
On corrected time, Checkmate came in first, well ahead of Mistery and The Poacher.
Next race is a double header on Sunday 13 April, starting at 10:00.
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