Whitsunday sail-maker Charles Wallis rises to the challenge.
Monday, 10 September 2012
When the important light wind tactical decisions become crucial local Whitsunday sail-maker Charles Wallis manages to rise to the challenge.
The crafty helmsman known as the quite achiever has developed a good tactical understanding on making the right choices when the lighter winds blow over the Whitsunday Sailing Club course on Pioneer Bay.
This was again evident when both skipper and crew combined to make the time saving decisions with the variable 8 knot breeze to outpace their 1.015 time correction factor to claim a special line and handicap double in the 34th race of the Sprint Race series last week.
Reignition a Murray, Burns and Dovell designed 41 now racing in her 16th year has developed a new lease of life following a recent upgrade to her sail wardrobe plus a scrub and repaint which was all completed in time for the challenge to win the Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week Performance Handicap trophy in mid-August.
The time and expense was justified when the well sailed Reignition re-ignited her career by recording a popular win over the Geoff Lavis helmed Inglis/Murray 50 UBS Wild Thing while local rival Damien Suckling helmed the Scott Jutson designed 43 Another Fiasco into third place.
However while the crew enjoyed the honour of playing a major role in winning the series for the talented owner skipper Charles Wallis they faced a different test of tactical sailing to protect their reputations in the shorter sprint style racing.
But they managed to quickly establish the decisive advantage to sail in clear wind and while there was no spray on the deck Reignition excelled to secure a 3 minute 23 second line honours win over the Harold Menelaus helmed R/P 36 Treasure V111 while her elapsed 1hr 7min 3sec. course time was fast enough to win the double by a commanding margin from Esoteric (Col Forster) and Treasure V111.
Craig Piccinellie’s Wobbly Boot which was outpaced in the light winds to finish fourth still retains the progressive overall lead in both the Sprint series and the Club championship.
By Ian Grant.
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