Treasure V111, the Riechel /Pugh 36 skippered by Whitsunday Sailing Club’s Harold Menelaus, continues to record impressive results; suggesting they have the potential to be a front runner for the club championship.
by Ian Grant
The ‘Old Salt’ Harold Menelaus has owned and raced a number of well prepared yachts during his career of ocean racing at two of Queensland’s most ideal sailing destinations Mooloolaba and now off Airlie Beach but few can compare with the personal joy he experiences at the helm of his latest ‘Treasure’.
However there have been some unexpected disappointments and among the more notable was the failure to live up to their reputation as one of the favourites to win the Airlie Beach Race Week IRC class title in August last year.
But that went ‘pear shape’ when Treasure Vlll failed to finish the opening race of the series the Double Cone Armit Island race when her steering gave way after the crew had mastered the brute trade winds to hold a promising corrected handicap position.
Skipper Harold Menelaus was enjoying a element of confidence as Treasure Vlll showed the pace to race within her handicap rating but their challenge fell apart when the steering failed forcing the crew to clutch the grab rails as the sloop careered into an uncontrolled round-up.
Thankfully that unwanted experience is now history with Treasure Vlll showing the form in Club point score racing that she is back on the pace.
But there is a difference between winning a friendly and relaxed short course sprint race to expressing the required tactical strategy and sailing technique to become successful when the battle lines are drawn in the contest to resolve the Airlie Beach Race Week class champions for 2012.
Judging by the results set in the rather warm tropical winds in recent weeks Treasure Vlll has shown her pace to ward off the inform Bobby D (Ross Winterbourne) and the consistent Reignition (Charles Wallis) while also losing a private match race by five seconds against the larger AC 40 the Terry Archer skippered Questionable Logic.
Their current form suggests that the Treasure Vlll sailing team will continue to improve and hopefully set the pace to warrant the chance of winning the best local boat trophy when the racing for the 2012 Airlie Beach Race Week class championships are decided over the Whitsunday Sailing Club courses later this year.
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11:24 PM Sun 5 Feb 2012 GMT
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