Sailors struggle as wind and tide conspire for spills

A Big River Sailing Club competitor works on righting his capsized craft. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
A Big River Sailing Club competitor works on righting his capsized craft. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

SATURDAY'S sailing was testing for all competitors as the very fresh north easterly wind opposing the outgoing tide resulted in some lumpy conditions in the river channel.

Bill Heuchmer in his Impulse blitzed the start taking a port tack from the pin end of the starting line and crossing the fleet in the first race.

Last week the fleet comprised one Impulse, Sabres and Lasers.

Buoy roundings and jibes were the source of the undoing of many and capsizes were quite common.

All sailors who foundered managed to right their boats and no rescues were necessary. We take great pleasure in announcing two new families as members of the Big River club; a warm welcome to Neil and Jo with Sam and William and Zac with Milla and Sam, friends of Cassi and Will.

We hope they all will enjoy all the camaraderie, fun and benefits of sailing with our strong club in its ideal location at Harwood. Ancient Mariners gather on Fridays at Big River for social sailing and boating in just about anything that floats.

There are Clarence Cruisers, designed by Gary Winter and built by Gary with the help other Ancient Mariners.

There are Sabres and even a boat called a Nutshell Sailed by John Hayes.

Whatever sort of craft you may have you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and join the Mariners.

This Saturday is a club championship day.

Topics:  big river sailing club, clarence river



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