Our Winter Series is hot

Keith Glover driving Trilogy hard downwind while Turning Point is heading up to the top mark - QCYC Winter Series
Rachel Hackett
Just like the other great pictures and stories appearing on these pages during the cooler months, we think our Queensland Cruising Yacht Club winter series at Shorncliffe is one of the coolest.

This is in spite of many of the crews being able to sail in T-shirts! The first heat a few weeks back finished just before a glassout, so it was a great relief to get two solid windward-leeward races in last weekend in a classic building south-westerly blasting the froth off the water polarised by a clear blue sky.

First heat blues, but good for the tan - QCYC Winter Series
Rachel Hackett

A splendid fleet of rarely seen equal numbers of monohulls and multihulls have collected from northern NSW up to the Sunshine Coast, and we were even blessed last weekend by a visit from Keith Glover and Trilogy, fine tuning his canting rig in the fibre-stretching puffs. Two OMR bullets rewarded him for the fast trip across the bay from Manly, although Tony Goschnick still holds the overall OMR mantle on 'Outrage'.

Every skipper's dream, driving hard into flat water and solid breeze - QCYC Winter Series
Rachel Hackett

Although there are plenty of fast boats blasting around the cans, the focus of this series is on the fun and the rolling PCF results. Div I monohulls are being led so far by Ian Colquhoun’s ex IOR Davidson 34 'Invader', Div II by Ron Walker in his Blazer 'Grumpy', and multihulls Zebb Peters’ 'Turning Point', which showed remarkable improvement when he missed one race….

This weekend’s heat is a passage race to Scarborough for a few rums and an overnight there before a return Otter Rock Plate back to Shorncliffe, and it looks like the weather gods are going to break this London weather pattern for us to don the T-shirts again.

Commodore Phil Lazzarini cracks the whip at t he top mark to get a fast kite set - QCYC Winter Series
Rachel Hackett

Scott Murphy and the boys still set the big bag in gusty conditions - QCYC Winter Series
Rachel Hackett

Outrage and CocoLoco stage the usual F24 battle for the handcrafted cedar and ash F24 trophy - QCYC Winter Series
Rachel Hackett