Taylor Hancock and Willow Cansdell making the most of the breeze in their O’pen Bics.
Taylor Hancock and Willow Cansdell making the most of the breeze in their O’pen Bics.

Wild weather sets sailors' course

AFTER last week's event at the Clarence River Sailing Club, where the fleet was flattened by a sudden squall, this week the biggest fleet of the season struggled to find enough breeze before officials cautiously shortened the course in the face of another rapidly approaching storm.

With winds coming from virtually every point of the compass and ranging from dead calm to quite brisk, crews had to stay on their toes for the entire distance.

"It was like playing a game of tag," said 10-year-old Morgen Parkin. "We'd get our NS in front of some of the Lasers and then we'd hit a calm path and start to go backwards and they would catch up and take over us."

An exciting new class of boat made its debut at the club on Saturday with two O'pen Bics doing battle in the junior division. Tyler Hancock and Willow Cansdell made the most of the challenging conditions and posted some very respectable times.

The club has purchased two more of these speedy little craft and is looking forward to seeing a strong fleet develop. "The Bics are great boats for juniors because they have an open, self-draining cockpit," said Commodore Karl Cooksley.

"The boats are fast and have a planing hull which makes them a lot of fun to sail."

Despite the taxing weather over the last two weeks, a number of new members have shown great determination and are rapidly developing their sailing skills.

Congratulations to Aaron and Jack Hancock for their win in the NS14 division and to Steve Russell for taking out the honours in the Laser fleet.

Next weekend is the sailing club's Jacaranda Regatta incorporating Heats 1 and 2 of the NS14s Three Rivers Championship.

Always a great weekend of sailing, classes from all clubs are invited to join the event with the first race starting at approximately 1pm on Saturday.

For more information, visit www.crsc.yachting.org.au or call 0408 387 415.

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