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Tweed Valley sailors get ready for a beach start. Photo supplied

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The experience of John Haywood and the other crew members of Capers triumphed in the winter westerlies and run out tide that greeted a COVID-19 depleted fleet in the Tweed River Sailing Club’s winter series, two weeks ago.

The sailors took a beach start that meant a very tight pack left the harbour together, but John and his crew: Gail Bernet and Deb Beard squeezed through a big hole in the breeze, closely followed by Matt Andrews and Kat Barwick in Paper Plane while the rest of the fleet was left wondering what they had done wrong.

Paper Plane and Capers engaged in some close racing as they approached the M1 bridge. The rest of the fleet turned for home with the leaders, and together the fleet raced in a tight pack again.

Thinking sailor

Three lasers all had a go at leading, and the Corsair Nimbus with spinnaker flying also challenged for the lead.

But it was a day for the thinking sailor, and John and his crew again made their way to the front, just in time to sail into the harbour for a deserved win with Paper Plane second and Karen in her Laser coming in for a very close third place.


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