Port Macquarie Sailing Club held its fifth race of the Spring series on Sunday

Rob Barwick on Drift who won the catamaran division on both yardstick and handicap.
Rob Barwick on Drift who won the catamaran division on both yardstick and handicap.

Sunday’s fifth race of the Spring series for the Port Macquarie Sailing club was held in a gentle easterly with a run-out tide as the day slowly clouded in.

The drizzly rain even held off until after the race when all the boats were packed away.

In the catamaran division, it was a tight tussle between Rob Barwick on Drift and Dave Winter on Spica all race.

Drift eventually won on yardstick by about three minutes, but winning by only 48 seconds ahead of Spica on handicap.

The monohull division was won on yardstick by Terry Howard in Ratz ahead of Tony Walker in Deep Purple.

Then came Phil and Blake Lillehagen in Elmo, who, despite unexpectedly broaching on one of the runs, were only 20 seconds ahead of Elsa and Simon Gandy in Flying Fish.

Jane Cooper and Sharon Carney in Jupiter sailed well in their first race together as new skippers, but after a surprise capsize near the end left them too cold, they retired.

Elmo sailed well enough to win on handicap, with Ratz second, only 18 seconds ahead of third placed Flying Fish, and Deep Purple was fourth.

Next Sunday is race six of the spring series with a 2pm start. Simon Gandy is rostered on duty.