Club sailors CHS winners
THE Big River Sailing Club was well represented at the recent NSW Combined High Schools (CHS) sailing regatta held at Belmont, on Lake Macquarie, earlier this month.
As in previous years, the nine attending members, all students of Maclean High, acquitted themselves well, managing to take out several major awards.
As testament to their growing stature within the Laser class, Tom Scully (full rig) and Gabrielle King (radial rig) took all before them to record wins in all of the four races, their big regatta experience and intensive training borne out in the clinical way they went about their task.
Capping their class results, Tom also recorded a 3rd CHS overall result in Division 1, whilst Gabrielle was 11th overall in Division 2.
Fellow radial sailor Max Little also managed a respectable 36th overall in Division 2.
In what became a stranglehold on the Laser prize table, impressive performances by Keiran Searle and Chris Keary in the 4.7 class (1st and 2nd respectively) meant that all three Laser perpetual trophies were heading north for at least the next 12 months.
For Searle the result comes as just reward for a year of hard work and determination.
For Keary, his result becomes all the more significant given this was his debut CHS in a boat he has been sailing for only four months.
Amie Bebb with Nicole Keary, along with Chris Culph and Gary Solway encountered stiff competition in the Flying 11s and Sabots.
These were the two classes most strongly contested at the regatta.
Although out of the winner's circle, each managed respectable results in the overall rankings.
All these young sailors and can be justifiably proud of their contributions to what can only be described as a very successful CHS for the BRSC.