Col Hinwood on his way to second place in the Hartley 16 Trailer Sailor NSW State Championships.
Col Hinwood on his way to second place in the Hartley 16 Trailer Sailor NSW State Championships.

Col misses title win by seconds

ASHBY resident and Big River Sailing Club member Colin Hinwood just missed out on winning the Hartley 16 Trailer Sailer NSW State Championships held on Lake Macquarie over the Easter weekend.

In a program that involved more than 10 hours of racing, the title was to be decided on the final leg of the last race and in the end boiled down to a margin of seconds.

Col reported on an excellent regatta, staged in perfect conditions that included clear skies and 5-15 knot breezes.

Racing was close among the 26 entrants and after three days racing three boats remained in the hunt for the title.

In a final sprint to the line Col, sailing ‘Ally Oop’, was just pipped by the eventual title winner ‘Charlie Brown’ from the Drummoyne Sailing Club.

Col sails with Richmond River sailor Bill Heuchmer and the pair have participated in a number of events over the past 12 months, including the National Titles at Sydney over Christmas.

There they overcame a slow start to finish fifth overall.

Col rated last weekend’s performance as an improvement on the second place they achieved at the Queensland State Championships last year.

In a final sprint to the line Col, sailing ‘Ally Oop’, was just pipped by the eventual title winner ‘Charlie Brown’ from the Drummoyne Sailing Club.



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