Hullabaloo, captained by Jim O'Keefe from the Yamba Yacht Club, flies ahead in the Bridge to Breakers event at Harwood on Saturday. The 23km event is run by the Big River Sailing Club. Photo Terry Deefholts / The Daily Examiner
Hullabaloo, captained by Jim O'Keefe from the Yamba Yacht Club, flies ahead in the Bridge to Breakers event at Harwood on Saturday. The 23km event is run by the Big River Sailing Club. Photo Terry Deefholts / The Daily Examiner Terry Deefholts

Sailors come from far and wide for Bridge to Breakers

A DAY of thrills, spills and chills was the order for the biggest date on Big River Sailing Club's calendar with the Bridge to Breakers hitting the Clarence River over the weekend.

More than 50 boats took to the water for the annual classic, with sailors travelling from as far south as Lake Macquarie and north to Queensland's Sunshine Coast for the event.

Big River Sailing Club training officer Wayne Culph said they were happy with the turnout, especially considering the forecasts for the weekend.

"We had 54 boats line up which is about the number we were hoping for, so that was good for the club," Culph said.

As strong as the winds got - 25 knots at one stage - all of the crews escaped with little to no damage.

"There were a few capsizes but apart from that there was no damage," Culph said.

"All of the races produced some really close competition and we're looking forward to the next one."

The Bridge to Breakers isn't all about racing, with all sailors and volunteers enjoying a function on Saturday night.

"The best part of the Bridge to Breakers event is that it's a social event as well," Culph said.

"People from all parts of the sailing community come together and make the best of the weekend.

"We're all volunteers and it provides a great opportunity for us to come together and unwind."

Grafton sailor Andrew Landenberger produced a stellar performance to take line honours in the first catamaran division.

2012 Bridge to Breakers winners

Catamaran 1: Andrew Landenberger

Catamaran 2: Phil Robbins

Monohulls 1: Peter Vaiciurgis

Monohulls 2: Andrew Turnbull

Yacht 1: Colin Hinwood

Yacht 2: Dave Cook

Juniors: Eryn Hyde



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