Not exactly plain sailing
A MIXED bag of wind conditions resulted in exciting reaching legs, plenty of gybes and competitive racing for Clarence River Sailing Club members at their latest pointscore event.
Predominantly from the east, the breeze varied in strength.
Regular and subtle wind shifts kept crews on their toes as they continually adjusted their boat’s trim and course to maximise speed.
After a slow start, the fleet soon found the breeze and settled into serious racing mode.
In the Laser division, Tony Smith sailing Misty Blue had a great start and quickly took the lead.
Neale Carter in Mumbling Duck, sailing to the left of the course, found a good lift and was soon at the front but continually challenged by Deb Parkin in Chaos Theory and Karl Cooksley in Jean, who were locked in battle for most of the race.
With positions changing regularly the outcome was never assured until the finish when Carter crossed the line just ahead of his rivals.
However, it was Parkin who took out the day’s honours with some outstanding sailing and well-deserved wins on both yardstick and handicap ratings.
“I sail a smaller rig than most of the Laser fleet,” said Parkin.
“It’s really hard work to keep the guys with the bigger rigs at bay and stop them sailing over the top of me downwind.
“Zietschy sailed over the top of me on the last reaching run, but I got back in front of him in the upwind work to the finish.”
The NS14 division saw the return of Will Boyd in Shaggy after a long break from the helm.
Proving he hadn’t forgotten any tricks, Boyd sailed flawlessly in the challenging conditions cruising to a comfortable win.
Coming in second, Shadow sailors Greg Brotherson and Morgen Parkin managed to keep their margin tight enough to take out handicap honours.
Sailing at the Clarence River Sailing Club commences around 1pm every Saturday next to the Grafton Bridge.
Club boats are available for people who are interested in joining the sailing club and getting into sailing.