Stormy day gives sailors hard test
FOR one reason or another, the Big River Sailing Club’s Club Championship series has suffered a number of interruptions, and last Saturday’s event was no exception.
The forecast held promise of a strong NNE breeze for the afternoon, and the heat of the morning pointed to that prediction being fulfilled.
Unfortunately the heat also brought with it the prospect of unsettled conditions and as race time neared there was growing evidence that the afternoon’s racing could be threatened by approaching storm activity.
While the first cell managed to stay wide enough for the successful completion of the first race, the second looked much more imposing and competitors conceded it unwise to race.
Despite the curtailment, the fresh breeze over flat water during the earlier race gave the fleet a testing but otherwise exhilarating sail.
In what was their first Club Championship event of the year, A-Class catamaran sailors Josh Crompton and Bob Eggins enjoyed a close-fought battle, which ended in Josh taking line honours by a narrow margin.
However, both had to concede to visiting sailor Garry Tuck, who revelled in the conditions and sailed his Taipan into first place on yardstick.
In the monohulls, Wayne and Chris Culph couldn’t quite find enough to peel the extra few seconds of their time to deny Mark Mulligan his second championship win for the year.
The best of the day’s efforts, however, came from bantamweight Laser stalwart Paul Hargan. Having undergone knee surgery earlier in the year, Paul is only recently returning to competitive sailing. Always a danger in the lighter conditions, Paul showed he was also capable of being in the mix in the stronger winds and looks set to be real threat in the new year.
Next week will be the last racing day for 2009 and the final race of the Pre-Xmas Point Score Series.