Competitors at the start line for the Bundy Homes Midnight Run last weekend.
Competitors at the start line for the Bundy Homes Midnight Run last weekend. Peter Arney

Brown pilots Pocahontas to victory

TRICKY seas and a bumper sailing schedule reduced the turnout at the weekend's Bundy Homes Midnight Run, but it didn't stop Hervey Bay's Trevor Brown piloting Pocahontas to victory in the 80-nautical-mile race.

Brown was pipped for the

adjusted line honours by Bundaberg's Bill Korneef by 6.30secs despite Korneef finishing seven hours later in Troubadour.

The six boats lined up for the 10am start at the Burnett Heads lighthouse, down to a turning mark at Woodgate and then out to the Fairway mark off Hervey Bay and back.

“Eighty nautical miles in total and the conditions ensured a long night for most boats,” Bundaberg Sailing Club commodore and event co-ordinator Greg Whalley said.

“The boats had an excellent run down the coast with a two sail reach in the southwester before the sea breeze kicked in.”

The breeze died away just before dark though, and the southwester returned close inshore to get the boats home just before dawn on Sunday.

Navigating in the dark was a tough prospect and two boats succumbed to the light conditions. Rattle n Hum opted to continue to Hervey Bay while Shiraz, skippered by Byron Bradley, motored home.

A race week at Hamilton Island was partly to blame for the small field, but some Bundy boats did well.

Wicked, skippered by Derek Foley, was third in its division and Pacific Phoenix skippered by Alan Sneddon was fifth in its division.

“He would have finished higher as he was leading the last race when it was abandoned,” Whalley said.

The club man said the Bundaberg Sailing Club opening of the season was this Saturday and anyone was welcome.

The club sails most Saturdays, with Sailability on Thursday mornings in summer and Wednesday and Thursday mornings in winter.

They are based at Strathdees Road near the Bundaberg Port.

Email Whalley at gwhalley@bigpond.net.au for more information.



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