Sailors back on the water

Sid Willis and Kynan Luescher sailing Sid’s Flying Ant. Photo Garry Bargh.

Bill Fenelon

The Tweed Valley sailing club hosted its first meeting since the pandemic began when a group of members and visitors enjoyed pleasant racing on the lower Tweed River the Sunday before last.

A 15-boat mixed-fleet consisting of mainly Corsairs, Lasers, NS14s and X3s competed in three short races in a light to moderate Northerly breeze.

The fastest boat was NS14 Impulsive Max expertly sailed by top crew Matt Andrews and Igor Prada, finishing first in two races, While RS100 Casper sailed by Duncan Dey scored first place in the final race.

Close racing was experienced in the Corsairs, now sailing two-handed to allow social distancing, with Keenas (Mark Reynolds and Marg Walgers), winning two races and Corsair Nimbus (Scott Jones and Debbie Jones) winning the third.

In the single-handed Lasers, the finishing positions were unchanged for all three races, with first place going to Peter Fell, second to Kate Yeomans, third Craig Foley and fourth Tristan Pofandt.

It was Tristen’s first race in a Laser and at 14 years of age he has stepped into this highly competitive Olympic Class.

Also sailing a single Hander, and visiting the Tweed from the Richmond River Sailing Club, we welcomed former Byron Shire councillor Duncan Dey

Duncan pushed the front of the fleet to score a win in the final race.

In the X3’s, TVSC Junior Sailor, Kynan Luescher from Fingal Head won all three races.

The Tweed Valley Sailing Club is open and conducted casual racing. The next sailing day is Sunday the 26 July.





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