The first day of IRC/SCOR racing got off to a great start on Saturday 4th at the Sunshine Coast yesterday with over 20 boats lined up at the start. The Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson witnessed some very competitive starts and mark roundings with colourful spinnakers flying.
The left side of the line was the favored end of the start line on the first of three windward return races for the 12 boats competing in the IRC event. Local boats sailing in the Sunshine Coast Ocean Regatta followed the fleet for a windward/return race and then a passage race to the Gneerings.
It was a picture perfect day on the water with an average 12 knots of breeze and glorious sunshine. Visiting boats enjoyed the blue water sailing and beautiful sailing conditions. Visiting owner of Onyx, Danielle Hutcheson commented on how beautiful it is sailing back into Mooloolaba Marina past the lighthouse and surrounding beaches.
It was the first IRC event for local owner, Jake Jacobsen of Hasta La Vista. Jake was very impressed with the speed of sail changes on the visiting boats.
Day 2 of sailing will be the final day for the IRC Qld State Titles with presentations for IRC on return to the Yacht Club. SCOR racing will continue Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Wind is predicted to be much lighter.
The Sunshine Coast Ocean Regatta is and annual event hosted by the Sunshine Coast Yacht Club. The layday Monday will test crews in kayaks in front of the Yacht Club for the Viking Challenge.
Go to www.scor.net.au to check out all the results.