posted on
Tue 2 Oct 2018
posted by
WSC Sailing Office


Whitsunday Offshore Yacht Racing Circuit

Another regular event in the Whitsundays is the annual Advanced Alarms sponsored WOYRC series, which is a three day, three race regatta conducted between Bowen and Mackay.  This year’s event commenced at Bowen, where the North Queensland Cruising Yacht Club hosted the start of the event, with the night at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, thence to Hamilton Island Cruising Yacht Club. The final leg, from Hamilton Island to Mackay, was cancelled due to poor weather conditions, and the final leg was changed to a race back to a finish at Airlie Beach.

Saturday morning saw the breeze at 10 – 15 knots from ESE, ensuring the fleet had a workout to start and make their way past Gloucester Island before continuing the upwind leg to Airlie Beach. First home was Treasure VIII (Rob Davis), finishing at 3:00pm, some 15 minutes ahead of Twister (Kevin Fogarty).  The rest if the 6 boat fleet came in soon after, with the entire fleet finished by 4:10.  Corrected time win for leg 1 went to Nauti Lass Too (Nev Edwards) from Crossbow (David Lund) and Twister (Kevin Fogarty).

Sunday morning saw both the wind and the sea state increase, with the wind increasing between 15 and 20 knots, with a moderate swell on the water.  After a late night, it was all hands on deck for the 9:00 start to Hamilton Island via White Rock, followed by a detour via Hannah Point at the northern end of North Mole Island, before heading down to Hamilton Island. Once again, Treasure VIII headed the fleet to the finish with Twister a further 7 minutes behind. Third home was Crossbow with Mistery (Bill Hopton) and Unbealeievable (Colin Clark) close behind.  Corrected time win went to Twister from Treasure VIII and Mistery.

Monday dawned with a strong south easterly wind around 20 – 25 knots, confirming the suggestions from the previous night that the race to Mackay was not a wise idea. A new course was set, to the relief of all competitors, with the fleet heading back to Airlie Beach, this time via Pine Island and Hannah Point.  Treasure VIII made it three from three, leading home from Twister and Crossbow.  This race, however, enabled Unbealeievable to demonstrate her downwind speed, finishing fourth across the finishing line, converting to a comfortable handicap win from Crossbow and Mistery.

Overall results gave the series win to Twister, with Unbealeievable finishing second and Crossbow finishing third.  The Advanced Alarms trophy for the best performing club, again went to Whitsunday Sailing Club.