EARLY DAYS: The fleet of yachts preparing sail in a race from Kirchner Street boat ramp as it was approximately 20 years ago. T
EARLY DAYS: The fleet of yachts preparing sail in a race from Kirchner Street boat ramp as it was approximately 20 years ago. T

Twenty years on and club finds it?s all plain sailing



THE Clarence River Yacht Club will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the formation of the Yacht Club with a race from Kirchner Street to Brushgrove and return tomorrow.

The race will commence at 1pm with a start from the jetty at Kirchner Street.

Yachts will sail downstream through Ulmarra and pass to rounding buoys at Brushgrove, then return to Kirchner Street.

The yacht club was formed in 1986 following a similar race, when a public meeting voted to form the yacht club.

The Clarence River Yacht Club was formed to foster cruising and racing in trailerable and deep-keel yachts, the club aiming to promote family sailing.

The first race was held from Kirchner Street ramp as it was in 1986.

The facilities at the naval cadets' base were used for the event for the first race and will be again be the venue for a celebration barbecue on Saturday night following the anniversary race.

Visiting yachts that attended the original race are very different from some of the sleek craft that race on the waters of the Clarence River today.

However, there will be a smaller fleet of yachts as some of the former sailers have sold their yachts and moved on to other activities.

Members of the public are invited to watch the rigging and launching of yachts from the Kirchner Street jetty and the start of the race at 1pm.

Anyone who is interested in joining our club or trying out yachting as a sport is welcome to inspect the yachts prior to the race on Saturday.

All sailing yachts need a crew of several energetic sailors and you don't need to own your own yacht to participate in the sport.

Honour for

yacht legend

BRISTOL, USA. ? Legendary Australian yacht designer Ben Lexcen will be inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame, 18 years after his untimely death.

Lexcen's name is synonymous with the winged keel beneath Australia II, the first yacht to wrench the Cup from the Americans in 1983.

He built his first boat at 16 and three of his six 12-

metre yachts sailed in America's Cups.

"Good ideas are all around us," Lexcen often said as he experimented with concepts from aircraft design.

Lexcen died of a heart attack in 1988.



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