Juniors muster at the start of their race.
Juniors muster at the start of their race.

Season sets sail for club

THE Big River Sailing Club’s sailing season is drawing to a close and last Saturday was the final racing event on the 2009-10 calendar.

The club goes into recess commencing the first week of April before resuming again in late-August.

With the Ashby Firebug factory now working on boat number three and talk also of other members building and acquiring boats over the winter, the 2010-11 season is shaping up as an exciting one. This last season also saw a rise in junior activity. During the year Allison Ostenfeld, Sunny and Cedar McLennan, Zana Howland-Rose, Toby Van Hauren and Joseph Mulligan all made significant progress on developing their sailing skills and look well prepared to build on those next season.

After the hustle and bustle of last week’s regatta, the club this week was a scene of relative calm, both on and off the water. Only a small gathering contested the three races including a number of juniors who took full advantage of the light Easterly breeze.

Best effort for the day in that division goes to Zana Howland-Rose who did very well to negotiate the triangular course single handed in the Firebug. In the seniors Glenn Williams made a clean sweep by winning all races in his OK Dinghy, leaving the minor placings to be shared by Hariet Woodrow and Paul Hargan (Laser Radials) ahead of John Woods (Laser) and Team Keary (Tasar).

After a bruising sail last weekend sole catamaran sailor Bob Eggins welcomed the benign conditions on offer this weekend.

Next Saturday is the commodore’s picnic and also the last Accessible Sailing Day. A BBQ lunch will be provided for members and their guests and a special invitation goes out to all the volunteers who assisted with the Accessible Sailing program during the year. The club will be holding its annual presentation night on Friday, June 4.



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