Weather gods dish up
some strange windsTHE weather gods dished up some strange sailing conditions for heats three and four of the club championships at the Big River Sailing Club on Saturday.
Fortunately moderate to light winds were offered up rather than the forecast gale-force winds, however, sailors were kept thinking with the wind changes coming from almost all points of the compass.
Radical manoeuvres were the order of the day with some exhilirating moments.
However, taking the catamaran fleet on, on a port tack start (which could have ended in giving way to the rest of the cat fleet) is possibly a bold move.
In the seniors' monohull division Paul Hargan, using some good observation work during race 2, took off to starboard rather than hug the bank with the rest of the fleet and picked up some clear air to place him in first position.
In race one Tom Scully also decided to put his observation work to the test and sailed off on a starboard tack opposite the fleet and picked up a handy wind shift to good result.
There was some close sailing amongst the Tasars in both races with only six seconds separating Wayne/Debbie Peuser and Wayne Culph/Joe O'Keeffe during race 1.
John Woods/Hariet Woodrow were in hot pursuit with similar results produced in race 2 by all three boats.
In race 2 Amy Bebb and Nicole Keary put in an excellent effort to take out third place on yardstick putting other well seasoned sailors behind them.
Members travelling outside the area to spread the good word about the BRSC during September/October were Jeff and Robyn Smith who attended the Forster Wild Cat Regatta on Lake Wallis and juniors Gabrielle King, Keiran Searle and Tom Scully who competed in the NSW Youth Championships at George's River.
All travellers acquitted themselves well, but a special congratulations goes to Keiran who placed second in the 4.7 La- ser division of the championships.
Results - Club Championship October 8:
Heat 3: Division 1, 1st - R Eggins, 2nd - J Smith, 3rd - C Palmer. Division 2, 1st - P Hargan, 2nd - M Mulligan, 3rd - W Peuser. Division 3, 1st - T Scully, 2nd - K Searle, 3rd - G King. Division 4, 1st C Culph, 2nd - S Ostenfeld.
Heat 4Division 1, 1st - D Lane, 2nd - R Eggins, 3rd - C Palmer. Division 2, 1st - P Hargan, 2nd M Mulligan, 3rd - A Bebb. Division 3, 1st - K Searle, 2nd - G King, 3rd - C Keary. Division 4, 1st C Culph.
Reminders: Next Event: 15.10.05 - Pre Xmas Point Score - Heat 7. Duty Person - Peter Ostenfeld.
Upcoming Event: Bridge to Breakers Regatta 5th & 6th November 2005. Check out our website for full details: www.bigriver.yachting.org.au