Neil and Micaela Burgess on Saturday.
Neil and Micaela Burgess on Saturday. Lynne Mowbray

Clarence River regatta a breeze

A FLEET of 18 boats revelled in the fresh north-easterly breeze on the Clarence River in Grafton on Saturday with all crews enjoying plenty of fast sailing and very competitive racing in the Clarence River Sailing Club regatta.

A modified course was set, which provided some great reaching conditions, tight mark roundings and challenging gybes.

The race format was a handicap start, which saw the less experienced crews away first, being hotly pursued by the more experienced boats.

In the Laser division, Sam Rosser got away first and took advantage of the clear air to establish a comfortable lead which he held to the finish despite the best efforts of his rivals to catch him.

With his smooth and consistent sailing style, Sam has improved rapidly and following Saturday’s victory will undoubtedly come under the scrutiny of the club’s handicapper.

The NS14 fleet was one of the largest of the season, with all crews forced to sail hard to keep pace with their rivals.

Paul Smith took advantage of a six-minute handicap, sailed nicely and kept his challengers comfortably astern allowing him to cross the line in first place.

Phil Cavanagh and son Ryan placed second despite a 13-minute handicap.

Final Results were: Lasers 1st - Rawhide (Sam Rosser), 2nd – Mumbling Duck (Neale Carter), 3rd – Essex Boy (Brett Ebeling).

NS14’s 1st – Possum (Paul Smith), 2nd – Grey NS (Phil Cavanagh), 3rd – Tunapiano (John Nelson).

This Saturday is the club’s annual Commodore’s Day and Christmas party, which is always a lot of fun and great trophies will be on offer.



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