FAMILY FUN: A day on the river with the Big River Sailing Club is fun for everyone.
FAMILY FUN: A day on the river with the Big River Sailing Club is fun for everyone.

Sailors in fine form



DURING last week two junior sailors have been representing Big River Sailing Club at a series of youth championships in Queensland participating in high level coaching sessions with National coaches.

Keiran Searle took first place in the Laser 4.7 class at both the Yachting Queensland Southern Region Youth Championships and the Yachting Queensland State Youth Championships held on Moreton Bay.

Gabrielle King took 6th place in the Laser Radial class against a strong fleet of male competitors and was placed 7th Laser overall in the Qld State Youth Championship Regatta.

This weekend the same two juniors plus club-mate Tom Scully will be competing at the Georges River Sailing Club on the waters of Botany Bay in the Yachting NSW 2005 NSW Youth Championship Regatta.

All club members wish them well for the championships.

Saturday brought brisk northerlies and the return to Club sailing of Mick Cervella, Sarah Ostenfeld and James Sherlock who all showed great tenacity sailing solo in the conditions while Matt Cervella crewed on 'Fat Bastard 2' and young newcomer Allison Ostenfeld held 'Heckyl & Jeckyl' down.

In Div 1 Josh Crompton introduced his exciting A class 'Apprentice' to our growing cat fleet competition.

Club training officer Joe O'Keefe spent a fruitful day giving juniors and some senior sailors the benefit of his expert coaching.

Two races were held for the Pre Xmas Point Score Sprint Series.Race 1: Div 1 1st D Lovell, 2nd J Smith, 3rd D Lane

Div 2 1st W Culph, 2nd P Hargan, 3rd J Woods.

Div 3 1st K Searle, 2nd M Little, 3rd C Keary.

Div 4 1st C Culph, 2nd M Cervella, 3rd S Ostenfeld.

Race 2: Div 1 1st D Lovell, 2nd D Lane, 3rd J Smith.

Div 2 1st A Bebb, 2nd P Dibella, 3rd W Culph.

Div3 1st K Searle, 2nd M Little, 3rd C Keary.

This weekend Club Duty Officer: Peter Dibella.

Our website: www.bigriver.yachting.org.au

Mariners want payday

SYDNEY. ? Central Coast chairman Lyall Gorman is praying for clear skies tomorrow, but hopes another $1.5 million in investment will soon pour into the A-League club.

The Mariners take on Melbourne Victory at Gosford tomorrow looking to continue their charge up the A-League table.

After claiming the pre-season cup last month, Central Coast has continued to impress through the first five rounds of the competition, climbing to second after last week's draw with top side Adelaide.

But while the club has been one of the A-League's early success stories on the pitch, off the field they continue to be dogged by speculation over their long-term financial security.

Gorman said the Mariners were 'fine' for the season, but needed more local invest- ment to stay afloat at Gosford.



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