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May 13, 2021

Sails on the water at Fingal Head

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Tweed Valley Sailing Club members from Uki, Burringbar, Ocean Shores, Kingscliff, Fingal Head and even a few from north of the border are back from their break, keen racers again in the 7th Winter Series.

In the first race of the season 13 boats hit the water with 27 crew to enjoy a warm day competing in light conditions of 8–13 knots of SE breeze.

A few changes in crew and the newly introduced ‘Novice Skipper Comp’ with entrants Karen Vidler (Corsair), Kate Yeomans (Laser), Isaac Poulsen (Hobie 16), Tom Busbridge (NS14) and Taj Krasna (Corsair Minnow) made for some close and interesting racing.

The closest finish was Tasar Hippocampus (Mike Mansted and Kynan Luescher) just one second ahead of Corsair Swell Lady (Monique Smith, Deb Flannery  and Sienna Pullan).

Bill Fenelon and brand- new crew Taj Krasna and Max Hennessy took first in the Corsairs and new skipper to watch, Karen Vidler, was not far behind on Corsair Melita III

Another success was Corsair Keenas leading the Corsair fleet in the first lap after a training session in the break with Matt Andrews that must have paid off.

The new Cat on the block (Nacra Self Inflicted, Tony and Anna Poulsen) looks like being a hot contender to knock Hobie 16 Sledder off his line -honours run, but only time will tell.

Great Laser sailing with John Hayward’s new longer main sheet paying off – his first monohull line-honours win got a big whoop from partner Lydia Salvagno on shore.

Kate Yeomans skippering the club’s Laser in her first race kept the boys on their toes – one to watch for sure.

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