Australia. Running the Rhumblines

Monday, 08 October 2012

John Galloway always manages to apply the master’s touch when the moderate to strong South East Trade Winds turn the Whitsunday Sailing Club course on Pioneer Bay into a torture test.

While the average 15 knot wind was not all that strong its effect of blowing against the current lumped up a body jarring 1 metre sea which tested all of the skippers steering skills as they pressed a claim for the points in the Edges Boat Yard trophy race.

As expected there was plenty of spray on the deck cooling the crews as they tested their tactical strategy in the warm tropical weather?

Predictably the Bernie Van’T Hof helmed Swan 45 Tulip dominated the big boat ‘drag race’ winning line honours by a commanding 4 minutes 31 seconds from the Charles Wallis skippered MBD 41 Reignition while Damien Suckling steered the Scott Jutson designed Another Fiasco into third another 1 minute 30 astern.

Tulip also featured in the closely contested handicap result finishing third behind the John Galloway skippered 12 year old Ron Holland 10.5 m Queensland Marine Services and the Kevin Fogarty helmed Beneteau cruiser/racer Twister.

John Galloway has continued to make a late charge for the overall 2012 championship series with Queensland Marine Services as the leader Craig Piccinelli’s Wobbly Boot continues to struggle with her handicap rated boat speed

Following the 39th race last week Wobbly Boot still remains the provisional leader from Twister and Queensland Marine Services and the pressure is on the happy Wobbly Boot crew to show a return to form.

Results from the past 8 races where Queensland Marine Services has proved her consistency with a 3-4-2-3-7-6-3.5-1 suggests they are the combination most likely to cause an upset.

Their collective crew skills which paved the way for Queensland Marine Services to record her close win over Twister and Tulip last week showed they are well prepared to produce the required boat speed to become a serious challenger when the sails are tensioned for another race against the official time keeper’s clock later this week.

The crews of Queensland Marine Services who just managed to beat Twister by 37 seconds while Tulip was another 15 seconds astern will be hoping for a similar forecast to help release Wobbly Boot’s grip on the championship points table.

By Ian Grant.

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