The wind in Dey’s sails

Photo Alison Blatcher

Photo Alison Blatcher

Local councillor and Richmond River Sailing Club member Duncan Dey took 4th place in the Annual Tumbulgum Passage Marathon Race along the Tweed River from Condong to Fingal Head.

Dey competed against 35 other boats, both dinghies and cruising yachts, in the 30 kilometres of sailing earlier this month.

Line honours went to Mike Wilson from Brisbane, ahead of Gary McCrohan (from the Tweed Valley Sailing Club). After nearly five hours of racing only 40 seconds separated the two.

Glenn Williams from Big River Sailing Club in Harwood came third.

Azo Bell from Byron Bay, with crew Monique Smith and Marg Walgers, finished first in the three-crewed Corsair Class.

The strong result for Councillor Dey comes after topping his division’s championship in Ballina earlier in the year.

Tweed Valley Sailing Club commodore Bill Fenelon hoped the Tumbulgum Passage Marathon will become a tourist attraction.

‘We expect the event to grow. It’s not a hardcore race, more an enjoyable cruise.’


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