This youngster took part in the Big River Sailing Club’s fun on Saturday.
This youngster took part in the Big River Sailing Club’s fun on Saturday.

Fleet grows as new boat rumoured

THE Hartley 16 TS class was well represented last Saturday when four boats contested the two race program at the Big River Sailing Club.

Ballina visitors Graeme Flemming and Jenny Heuchmer not only added to the local numbers but also showed the way with some impressive sailing to be the best of the Hartleys in both races.

With rumour of another boat on its way, the local fleet continues to grow, and when combined with the fleet at Richmond River and elsewhere, the stage looks set for some good competitive racing when the groups come together for the upcoming BRSC Annual Regatta.

Mark Mulligan again showed his dominance by winning both races on scratch in the mixed class results, but then had to cop the wrath of the handicapper, which saw him pushed down the list in the handicap results. The other standout performance in the Lasers was from Sarah Ostenfeld who took great delight in beating her more senior Laser Radial rivals. Scoring two thirds on scratch and two firsts on handicap, those results are a testament to a good day out.

In the juniors, Allison Ostenfeld and Cedar McLennan worked really hard to make headway against an unforgiving tide. Both did very well over the shortened course and the day ended fittingly with each girl scoring a win each. For Ally it was her first day back to sailing after having spent the last couple of weeks competing in regional Little A’s competitions. Showing her all round sporting abilities, her results have earned her the right to compete at a state level in Sydney. The club takes this opportunity to congratulate her for her achievements.

The Big River Sailing Club will hold its Annual Regatta over the weekend of March 13/14. This is a genuine mixed class regatta that is open to all classes (including junior classes). There will be no junior training on that weekend. For more detail on the regatta, and results and photos from last Saturday go to www.bigriver.yachting.org.au.



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