Big farewell for stalwart of sailing community
SAILING: Big River Sailing Club members, friends from the district and lifetime friends of the late Colin Redding came together to bid the avid sailor a final farewell.
Colin had battled with illness for the past 10 months but in spite of this had made regular trips to the sailing club to engage with his friends during this time.
Redding has a long history of commitment to Big River Club, contributing in many ways.
Longtime friends gave some interesting accounts of the fun that they had as young boys engaging in exploits largely devised by Redding.
Phil Clare, of the South Grafton Aerodrome, flew a sea plane during the processions to honour Redding's other life passion, aviation.
His partner Jan kindly provided lunch for the crowd and following the ceremony club members took part in the usual afternoon racing.
Conditions were perfect with a moderate breeze. It has been gratifying to see an increase in the numbers of members sailing and a boost in the attendance of junior and young adult sailors.
Big River now boasts a new training boat known as an "Envy”. This is a safe and stable boat which is ideal to introduce both juniors and adults to the sport.
Despite its safety aspects it has surprising performance and also has the option of using a spinnaker for those who are a little more advanced in their skills.
Big River is set to host the club's Annual Regatta on the weekend of February 18-19. Our formula for hosting regattas has been tried and stood the test of time and attendees can be sure that they will have good racing, great food and fun times.
The Saturday will involve a passage race down the Clarence towards Goodwood Island and Iluka while Sunday racing will be held on the stretch of water in front of the Clubhouse at Harwood Island.
Entries are accepted for all classes of "off the beach” dinghys and catamarans along with trailer sailers and yachts.
Even if you don't sail it is worth a visit as these regattas that provide great spectacle for onlookers.
For more details of activities at Big River head online to the club's website and Facebook page.