Laser sailor Daniel Bradford.
Laser sailor Daniel Bradford.

Sea breeze saves final year races

THE Big River Sailing Club hosted the final races for its 2010/11 season last Saturday.

Despite the forecast for something stronger the wind barely raised itself above a few knots for most of the day, almost to the point where racing was under threat of being cancelled.

That would have been a major disappointment however for what was probably the largest fleet of boats seen this year.

After an initial postponement a very mild sea breeze settled in, sufficient enough allow two races and marking the completion of the Club Championship Series.

As has been the case for most of the season, the single-handed Laser class dominated the monohull fleet, which was otherwise represented by two Access 303 dinghies, a Tasar and an Impulse.

Mark Mulligan made best of the light conditions and used his superior speed and local knowledge to comfortably win the first race.

The standout performance was by Daniel Bradford who took an early lead in Race 2 and was never really challenged.

Daniel’s effort consolidates a string of improving results and he will be one to be watched when he joins the senior ranks next season.

Numbers were bolstered by the now regular contingent from Ballina which included all three members of the Heuchmer family, along with Chris Cook, Paul Dron and Stuart McPherson who competed in the Access 303 dinghies.

Accessible Sailing was also well-attended by a large group from Caringa Enterprises.

While this was the last scheduled Accessible Sailing day for the season, the club is working towards a day dedicated to the further training of carers and volunteers (TBA).

Next week is the Commodore’s picnic.



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