Blustery northerly winds pushing against a strong ebb tide made for testing conditions at the Bundaberg Sailing Club.
Some skippers were unable to master the strong breeze and capsizes were plentiful. Two races were sailed to complete the Phibak Versatiles Series.
Only one trailer sailer stepped up the to start area and was untroubled around the course, Grace Lin and Gemma Martin had an exciting afternoon sail on their Hood 23 (Bellatrix).
The catamarans enjoyed the fast conditions with the usual culprits out in front with Bruce Potter and Matthew Caldwell (Venom) led from start to finish to be first over the line.
Bruce Woodward (Mighty Flea) tried hard to close the gap but would have appreciated a few more kilos to keep his boat down. Third went to Jarrod Potter (On the Square) who finished close enough to record the corrected time victory. The evergreen Brian Bedford (In the Rhythm) was second on handicap with the Venomous ones third.
The All Boats fleet was won in a canter by Trent Potter (Jackpot) after the other boats either had equipment failure or ran foul of the rules.
David Vockler (Voc 2) was unable to continue after his sail started to come down and Bill Korneef (New boat number 5) was disqualified after a rule infringement.
Vockler was able to repair things for the afternoon race to take the line honours/handicap double from Bill Korneef. Richard Stainton (Moven Free) was third over the line and on corrected time. Trent Potter was unable to complete the course after a capsize.
The afternoon race in the cat fleet was another benefit race for Venom and they were untroubled to be first over the line. Jarrod Potter sailed well to be in second place with Brian Bedford third.
Potter completed a successful day by being first on corrected time defeating the Potter/Caldwell combination with Greg Whalley (Half Evil) popping up for third even though he had an unscheduled swim.
This weekend is the Hervey Bay Sailing Club regatta and the Bundaberg boats are sure to perform well. Hervey Bay is like being on home course as Bundaberg boats have attended many local and National regattas at the famed sailing location.