WIND OF CHANGE: Sports boat dropping the kite as the skiffs bear down off the start during the Big River Sailing Regatta.
WIND OF CHANGE: Sports boat dropping the kite as the skiffs bear down off the start during the Big River Sailing Regatta.

Regatta ends season with more than a ripple

SAILING: Saving the best for last, the Big River Annual Sailing Regatta was a beauty. The last major event for the club's 2015/16 season attracted more than 50 sports boats, catamarans, skiffs and monohulls to the Harwood venue on the Clarence River over the weekend.

These regattas are getting a reputation for great sailing, fun folks and great food. Some sailors came from as far as Lake Macquarie, Tamworth and Brisbane.

There was a very balmy breeze assisted by an out tide for the long passage race on Saturday from Harwood to Iluka. Everyone had the conditions under control and there were no capsizes or breakages and an easy day out for the rescue boat crews.

That was turned on its head on Sunday as the afternoon sea breeze built to a steady 15 knots for the two short course races in the club racing area. The tight racing in wavy waters had everyone on their game and the inevitable swim for a few.

A lot of happy sailors left with a smile on their face after a fabulous weekend, especially the divisional winners.

Sports boats: Jim and Joe O'Keeffe

Yachts/trailerables: Steve Stocker and crew

Skiffs: Barry and Daniel Bradford

Cats: Phil Homan

Nacra 4.5s: Dave Bowler

Monos: Graham Hams

OK Dinghy: Mark Skelton

Laser 4.7 and Junior: Ollie Arthur-Andrews.



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