Yachties test the river early in the season
THE conditions were perfect for this year's Ulmarra River Festival yacht races.
Twelve yachts, ranging in size from small trailable yachts to large ocean racing keel yachts and a catamaran lined up for the heat of the series.
Light north-easterly breezes allowed sailors to get the feel of the yachts as this was the first race for the sailing season for most yachties.
Representatives from the joint sponsor, Bunning's Grafton, were part of the crew on various yachts and really appreciated the conditions throughout the afternoon.
The second and third heats were held in strengthening winds after a break for lunch at the Commercial Hotel and a short visit to the festivities at Ulmarra.
The Clarence River Yacht Club would like to thank the Ulmarra River Festival Committee, the Commercial Hotel Ulmarra, and Bunning's Grafton for their valued sponsorship for the series regatta.
The club thanks the SES Ulmarra for their help on the water during the races.
If anyone would like to try their hand at yachting the Clarence River Yacht Club will be holding an Open Day at Kirchner Street Boat Ramp (Corcoran Park in Grafton) commencing at noon on Saturday, October 8.
Come along and join in the fun.
Results were as follows: Heat one. First White Heather, skipper Don McLeod; Second Destiny, Garry Mendham; Third Nessie Will McMillan.
Heat two First Good Times Paul Dougherty; Second Nessie; Third Destiny.
Heat three First Good Times; Second Sure Thing Skipper, Stuart Hancock Third White Heather.
The Overall Winner of the Pristine Waters Cup for the Ulmarra River Festival Yacht Races was Good Times, skippered by Paul Dougherty.