Cooloola Cup: a great weekend despite the wind which does not play fair!

Finally, the 2022 Cooloola Cup happened, sort of. Having been blown the hulls on the previous dates, the weekend of May 21/22 was forecast with very light winds and from somewhere to the west.

22 boats from Melbourne to Hervey Bay registered for the event and 20 set sail. The fleet was split 50/50 into two divisions, monohulls and multihulls.

The first race on Saturday started off on a run under spinnaker and returned to the cove in front of the yacht club after a delicate windward tack.

Race two was a choice to sail to Inskip or sail to the halfway marker, which many solo sailors did. Navigating to the Inskip mark was a challenge as the buoy was directly in the sunlight and difficult to see even with a safety boat stationed nearby.

The boats went in various directions, hedging their bets on whether what they saw ahead of them was the mark, only to change direction and sail optimistically towards the spinning buoy.

The wind for the return trip looked like it could drop, but small gusts kept coming and it was a cat and mouse chase to the finish line. All in all, it was a great day of sailing.

Sunday, however, was a different story. It was a gorgeous, sunny winter day in Tin Can Bay, but the wind was blowing instead of blowing. So, we waited and we waited and we waited again with the flags on the flagpole hanging desperately, even for a little zephyr to appear.

The wind had other ideas, so when the decision to abandon the race was taken at the end of the morning, the sea breeze came gently in five minutes after the decision. Murphy’s Law in action.

Despite the lack of sailing on Sunday, everyone seemed to have had a great weekend enjoying Saturday night sailing, company and good food at Sails restaurant in a full yacht club.

Many thanks to our sponsors Billy Mitchell from Century 21 and Chris from Tin Can Bay Chandlery for their generous prize support. A big thank you also to all the volunteers who helped with the start and finish of the races and the safety boats. Very appreciated.

by Kay Muir

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