Bil Fenelon, commodore
A large and competitive fleet took to the Fingal Beach when the Tweed Valley Sailing Club hosted the second heat of the North Coast Corsair Class Championship in wet and stormy conditions before Christmas.
At the front it was the usual pitched battle between Minnow (Bill Fenelon, Kynan Luescher and Igor Prado) and Swell Lady (Monique Smith, Matt Andrews and Deb Flannery).
These two fought it out as though it was the Americas Cup. Minnow broke away in the early race scrum and set up a handy lead of 30 seconds and held this throughout the afternoon, until the last beat to the finish, slipping behind and yielding the victory to Swell Lady by only 10 seconds.
There was a new team in Capers comprising school students and they put in an excellent performance.
There were two other races: the clubs regular summer pointscore series, which featured three NS14s, one Laser and one Impulse, as well as a Juniors race.
Winning the Juniors by a safe margin was Taj Krasna, in an X3, followed by Sid Willis in a Northbridge Junior and Conner Wheeler in a Sabot.
Taj was all over it, leaving the others behind. It was Sid’s first race in his newly restored Northbridge Junior.
This was the last race of the year for the TVSC and racing will resume on January 13. Merry Christmas.