Hell of a ride for Easter weekend
IT was a hell of a ride in more ways than one for competitors in the Port of Yamba Yacht Club Easter Regatta, held over the long weekend.
In its 18th year, the three-day event drew the colourful spinnakers of about 20 sailboats from Queensland, Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Yamba to the Yamba Marina base.
Yamba Yacht Club rear commodore Greg Haines said the weekend’s conditions made for some ‘very spectacular sailing’.
“The weather was fantastic all weekend,” he said.
“We had strong south/south-east breezes from 10 to 25 to 35 knots on Sunday.
“It made for beautiful sailing – and a lot of hard sailing.”
Setting sail opposite the coast guard on Good Friday was the annual Prawn Race.
Haines described it as a ‘fun afternoon’.
“It’s for the visiting boats, so they can see and get a general idea of what the river’s all about,” Haines said.
Saturday followed with the Passage Race, a long race which sees competitors sail the 15 nautical miles from Yamba to Harwood Bridge and return.
Taking out the line trophy honours was the aptly-named Brisbane farrier trimaran Wind Dancer.
Sunday delivered the Around the Cans Race, where the boats race a triangular course.
Haines said the regatta was organised around a handicap system, and points were accumulated over the Saturday and Sunday races.
“Everyone has a chance of taking out the major prize,” he said.
The winner of Division 2 and 3, known as the ‘trailer sailors’, was the crowther trimaran ‘Hellovaride’, skippered by Yamba’s Greg Howell and his crew including Greg Haines, Grant Jennings and Derek Lyons.
The Division 1 keelboat competition was taken out by the Coffs Harbour young 11 vessel ‘Slippery When Wet’, skippered by Peter and Kathy Orr.