Colin Hinwood and John Woods prepare the Firebug training dinghies for the upcoming season.
Colin Hinwood and John Woods prepare the Firebug training dinghies for the upcoming season.

Sailing spruik sparks season

THE Big River Sailing Club's 2010 racing calendar will commence with a point-score event on Saturday.

While the on-water activities have been on hold during the winter recess, some members have maintained their interest in a variety of ways.

Sailing sisters Sarah and Allison Ostenfeld accepted an invite to attend a Laser sailing training camp in Sydney during April and in the same month Colin Hinwood and Bill Heuchmer came second in the NSW Hartley 16 State Championships held on Lake Macquarie.

In May, the Club played host to the inaugural Big River Ride, a week-long event that saw 50 (mainly first-time visitors) involved in daily rides that explored most parts of the Lower Clarence.

The success of that event has ensured the Big River Ride will again be held in May, 2011.

As typically occurs over the winter months, boats get built, maintained, bought and sold in preparation for the coming season.

Long-time Laser stalwart Paul Hargan has his new Sabre dinghy nearing completion and John Woods has produced another two Firebug training dinghies.

In the Hartley 16 scene, boat numbers continue to grow with Andy Stephens the latest to acquire a boat.

Class mainstay Col Hinwood has been finishing off his second boat which has allowed him to sell Ally Oop to local sailor Rob White.

The activity augers well for fleet numbers in the Hartleys, particularly at regattas when the local fleet combines with boats out of Richmond River and elsewhere.

The Big River Sailing Club will hold it's AGM on Saturday, August 28, starting at 10am at the clubhouse.



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