Catamaran regatta a success
THERE was one question resonating from the inaugural Clarence River Yacht Club Annual Anniversary Regatta – when is the next one?
As soon as the final of the 20 competiting catamarans docked at Corcorane Park, sailors immediately looked ahead to the next meet.
Club secretary Helen McLeod was impressed with the turnout of competitors – including the first-time catamarans - ranging from Brisbane and Sydney as well as eight locals.
“It went really well. It proved to be absolutely fantastic,” McLeod said of the event which celebrated 24 years of the club’s operation.
“They (the sailors) just said it was fantastic and the venue was perfect and when is the next one.
“That’s still in the laps of the gods at this stage.
“We do have other events on the calendar.”
Only the weather managed to frustrate participants on an otherwise perfect day.
The A-class catamarans completed the course in 3 hours 32 minutes.
“The only frustrating thing was the winds,” McLeod said.
“There wasn’t enough wind to get down to Brushgrove and back so as had to shorten the courses.”
The need to get new members into the club is next on the club’s wishlist.
For too long McLeod and her sailing troupe have had to pull more than their fair share of weight to get events up and running.
“We are getting new blood into the club,” she said.
“Our club doesn’t have a lot of members to do everything like the canteen. We just need more young people to help out with the physical work.”
Olympian and Clarence River captain Andrew Landenburger was there on the day.