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February 5, 2023

Strong winds and good tides set up a race day of fast sailing on the Tweed River

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A big incoming tide and a sustained 20 knots of wind; all the ingredients for a great race, greeted the Tweed Valley Sailing Club fleet for race two of the summer season.

After practising his race starts earlier in the week Brennan Malone jostled It’s Academic for a ripper start and it was on.

The crew have really found their form, and it won’t be long before they will get a podium finish.

Four lasers, an impulse, a catamaran, and four corsairs were racing, and it was a close one.

The safety boat had its work cut out too, supporting the lasers that struggled in the gusts, and dealing with capsizing.

Dave Robinson’s impulse loved the downwind leg, and the strong winds did not seem to bother Kate Yoemans.

The race was three laps.

At the end of the first lap, Kate led, followed by Mark Reynolds and crew on Keanas just 59 seconds later.

The second lap saw the Keanas crew nipping at Kate’s heels now 48.28 seconds behind.

The final lap was a nail-biter, it was neck-and-neck all the way, but Kate crossed for the win (1. 09.31) and 49 seconds later came the Keanas crew. Lex Branch was not too far behind, coming in for a solid third place at 1.13.04. It’s Academic came in at 1.16.15.

Matt Andrews on Powder Monkeys (with Mia, Aidan and Posie) crossed soon after at 1.17.09.


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