BIG River Sailing Club is in full swing as it prepares for its annual regatta on February 14-15.
Sailors come from near and far to enjoy the challenge of sailing on the "Big River".
The hundred or so competitors travel from south-east Queensland, Lake Macquarie, New England and North Coast clubs.
From keel yachts to single-handed dinghies, sailing is a sport for young and old.
The club will specifically target a junior division for competent youngsters who will race in full view of the clubhouse. All the details to participate are on the club website - just Google it.
Meanwhile club racing and sail training continue each Saturday.
The learners are coming on in leaps and bounds as the winds are gentler at this time of year.
The conditions made for easy work in last Saturday's afternoon races, and fun runs downwind.
Nonetheless the newer sailors were surprised at the fitness level required to sail a dinghy in the 10-15 knot breezes.
The usual suspects were at the front of the fleet, but Denise Bruschwieler was ecstatic to keep up with her fellow Sabre sailors, a real breakthrough.
Our summer season ends at Easter, so there is plenty of time to welcome anyone who wants to have a go.
The Friday social sailing continues under the banner of Ancient Mariners, who really do go to show age is no barrier.