Hydrofoil Pro Tour Australia day 1

Hydrofoil Pro Tour Australia day 1

Day 1 Hydrofoil Pro Tour

Townsville Sailing Club again hosting this major regatta in tandem with Kiting Australia incorporating the Australian National Kitefoil Championships for Open and Formula Classes.

Idealic location on The Strand this small but welcoming club with a band of willing volunteers host many major OTB dinghy events.

The huge exspance of protected grass under the palms offers a perfect setup place unsurpassed in the world.

A kilometre of white sandy beach with the race course directly out front offer perfect viewing from the busy shopping strip and water parks known as The Strand with an estimated 1.5 million visitors each year.

The conditions have been ideal with sunshine and steady NE wind 12-14 knots.

Racing started 1300 hrs as the afternoon sea breeze built.

The course is windward leeward with bottom gate and gybe around the start pin with a reach to the finish. The double manoeuvre testing skills other than straight line speed.

The score board looks one sided although from the finish boat races are only seconds apart.

Race 4 had Mani and Alti leading the pack to last gybe pushing a little too hard with both crashing although quick recovery whilst the fleet closed in with 10 finishes within 15 seconds.

With 5 races completed with a break in between the kites have been tuned ready for day 2.

Steve Aulich

Race Officer

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