BUSY WATERS: Confused start lines with port and starboard tactics.
BUSY WATERS: Confused start lines with port and starboard tactics. Contributed

Sailors spirits run high in PCSC competition event

THE competitive spirit was running in over-drive last Saturday as members of the Port Curtis Sailing Club bustled about the pontoon and rigging areas.

The dinghies swelled in numbers to a fleet of nine class boats including Pacers, Impulse and Laser, while seven yachts took to the longer championship course down harbour.

The youngest sailor, Marchello Toderascu, looked confident and ready for action as he checked the mainsail for skipper Garth Briefly.

"This is my first championship race, it's going to be fun," Marchello called as he headed for the water.

Conditions on the far side of the harbour, in the Quoin Basin, presented light winds, longer sailing legs, and plenty of opportunity to run down under spinnaker.

The response from the dinghy sailors overall was positive for the new sailing course, despite the longer journey to get across the harbour.

Ray Hobbs, Maria Mohroltz and John Ibell competed in the Impulse class, with close calls at the mark and some exciting action on the start line.

It was a beat to the first mark, and cracked sheets across to the second with a spinnaker run to the finish.

The mono-hull yacht fleet of Wistari, Solitaire, Miss Behaviour and Wocket in My Pocket were involved in a confusing start against the multi hull fleet of Doctor's Orders, Intriigue and Sonofabeach.

Six yachts on port tack and one on starboard tack always makes for an adrenalin rush at the start line as yachts jostle for position while avoiding collision.

Calls of "up up" echoed across the harbour as the closely packed fleet favoured the boat end of the start line and then pursued a beat to Middle Bank, crack sheets to QAL and headed further down the course.

The multi-hull fleet enjoyed the lifting breeze with Doctor's Orders and Intriigue leading the fleet home.

Results can be viewed on gyc.com.au; photos of the day are on http://pcscsailing-marina.blogspot.com