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February 1, 2023

Experienced sailors forge ahead on a blustery day on the Tweed River

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Kate Yoemans in her Laser charging for the line on a blustery Tweed River. Photo: supplied

Old and young people, as well as entire families, sailed four races in a blustery south-easter on Sunday, January 8, on the lower reaches of the Tweed River.

One Corsair, an MG, an Impulse, three Pacers, and more Lasers than a Jedi master could handle sailed the short and demanding course with varying levels of grace and speed.

Some of the more experienced sailors showed their stuff. Kate Yeomans, Peter Fell, and the visiting ‘Nick’, all sailing Lasers, were the regular top finishers.

For others, it was about getting around the course without significant problems.

Although a problematic gybe mark brought a few unstuck, with a couple of spectacular swims, all crews enjoyed the blast reach to the finish.

The race committee could not help but notice that nearly everyone had a smile on their face as they crossed the finish line.

For me, though, the day had to go to up-and-coming junior sailor, Ari, and his mate Brennan, in a club Pacer, who had four great starts and sailed well to complete the four races, mixing it up with the Lasers.

Next race day, held on January 22, is a class championship, and a big turnout is expected.

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