Yachts out on Keppel Bay for the Peter McDonald Memorial Central Queensland Yacht Championships.
Yachts out on Keppel Bay for the Peter McDonald Memorial Central Queensland Yacht Championships.

Arcadia blitzes her rivals

THE Peter MacDonald Memorial Central Queensland Yacht Championships were sailed over the first three weekends in February starting in Gladstone and finishing with two races on Keppel Bay.

There was a very competitive fleet of boats from both the Gladstone and Capricornia yacht clubs and the conditions were a little on the light side of perfect for all three weekends.

Sunshine, smooth seas and breezes around 10 knots for each race made for very comfortable sailing conditions.

On the first weekend the boats from Rockhampton and Yeppoon sailed down to Gladstone the day before.

They were in time for the first race which covered much of Gladstone Harbour, offering plenty of opportunities for smart tactics using the wind and strong tide and avoiding the shallows.

Tim McCall's Arcadia showed a good grasp of local conditions to notch up a comfortable win.

The next weekend, in a close handicap result, Arcadia pipped Immigrant by only five seconds in the Gladstone to Rosslyn Bay ocean race.

It was very close in a race lasting 10 and a half hours.

Vic Stevens' new boat Northern Moments won the cruising division and Don Fuller's Stargazer won the alternate race on Keppel Bay for the trailable yachts.

On the final weekend numbers in the cruising division were swelled by local boats, so a big fleet faced the starter.

Racing around three buoys set in a triangle just off Lammermor Beach the fading breezes saw the race take slightly longer than anticipated.

Arcadia, Mim (Mike Walter) and Situation Normal (David Mann, from Gladstone) won their respective divisions.

The final race was around several islands (Pelican, Miall, Iron Pot).

Divisional winners were Arcadia, Symphony (Heather Bellett) and Intrigue (Roger Fawcet, from Gladstone).

The series results were clear cut with Arcadia winning the racing yachts, the consistent Kindred Spirit (Richard Holroyd) the cruising yachts and in the trailables, Situation Normal emerged victorious.



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