Landenberger makes it a clean sweep

THE Clarence River Yacht Club Brushgrove Anniversary Yacht Race was held on Saturday, with seven yachts facing the starter.

The race, staged from Corcoran Park to Brushgrove and return, was held as part of the celebration for the sesquicentenary of local government in Grafton.

Conditions were light and a little frustrating for some of the sailors as they made their way downstream past Elizabeth Island into the Ulmarra Straight.

Andrew Landenberger, sailing for the first time with the CRYC, led the way in his Star Yacht, Sumo Room.

He was closely followed by Destiny, skippered by Garry Mendham. The yachts sailed to Ulmarra before the north-easterly breeze strengthened and the tide turned, providing great conditions for the return journey.

The race was shortened and the boats turned at the Southgate mark to ensure the race was completed before dark.

Two Seawind 24s had difficulty making headway in the conditions, but had a close finish under spinnaker. The results were in two sections as the club has two perpetual trophies for the event.

Line honours and first place on personal base handicap went to Landenberger; Piglett, a Ross 780, skippered by Ian McCluskey from Inverell, placed second, and; third was Grafton-based Connie Marie 11, skippered by Alex Purvis.

The class base handicap results were Sumo Room first: Don McLeod's White Heather second and Destiny third.

Both perpetual trophies were won by Landenberger and will be presented at the CRYC's annual presentation dinner to be held in May.

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