CRSC boats competing under threatening skies on Saturday.
CRSC boats competing under threatening skies on Saturday. Lynne Mowbray

A storming finish on the Clarence

SAILING: Despite looming storms and a light variable breeze, 15 crews contested the Clarence River Sailing Club’s annual Commodore’s Day on Saturday in the last event for 2009.

Club Commodore Karl Cooksley not only sponsored the day with some great prizes but also determined the competitors’ handicap times and with his usual uncanny accuracy produced some very tight results.

With storms threatening, a shortened north easterly course was set to keep the fleet close to the clubhouse, however, the breeze gradually moved towards the south, producing some long reaches which suited the light wind.

These conditions require exhausting concentration as crews struggle to find every scrap of pressure and maintain boat speed.

The Laser division was dominated by the Dewar family, with brothers Liam and Alex taking out first and second places respectively.

Liam’s relaxed sailing style suited the conditions and kept him comfortably clear of his rivals until Alex picked his way through the fleet and made a very spirited challenge in the second lap.

Unfortunately a shortened course flag thwarted his efforts but not before he’d recovered 10 of his 11-minute handicap margin. Third place went to Tony Smith.

Also sailing well, Mark O’Donohue executed a series brilliant roll tacks and clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of this challenging manoeuvre in light weather.

The NS14 fleet also enjoyed some intense racing, with very close finishing times posted.

Jason Warwick proved his light weather skills by taking out the honours despite an 11-minute handicap, with last week’s winner, Paul Smith, coming in a close second.

Rapidly improving Neil and Micala Burgess handled their boat nicely and took out a well-deserved third place.

More details on the club website www.crsc.yachting.org.au.

Final Results were:

Lasers: 1st - Mustang (Liam Dewar), 2nd - Piglet (Alex Dewar), 3rd - Misty Blue (Tony Smith).

NS14’s: 1st - Hysteria (Jason Warwick), 2nd - Possum (Paul Smith), 3rd - Grey Ghost (Neil Burgess).



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