Big River Annual Regatta

The Big River Sailing Club is holding their Annual Regatta on the weekend of the 6/7th of March.  (On the Clarence river, near Yamba, under two hours drive from Fingal.)

We’d like as many Corsairs as possible to enter, as we’d like to hold a Corsair Nationals during that event.

Registrations are now open.

Skippers, would you please let Craig know that you’re coming and what crew you need?

For people looking for a great weekend experience, the weekend involves free camping on site from Friday afternoon with a long race on Saturday and three short races on Sunday.  Lunches, Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast are provided (for a fee) by the club.  (There’s no caravan power, hot showers are available.)

As per their last event, registrations are limited to seventy boats.

Whether you have experience or not, if you do not have a crew spot, but would like to crew (and have the stamina for the full weekend!) then please call Craig on 0413 052 898.  He’ll see if he can line you up with a skipper.

Other classes are welcome too.

See you there!

Wild weather and a raging tide greeted the fleet as the Tweed Valley sailing Club got back to sailing after the Christmas break.

This week’s big event was heat 3 of the NS14 Class Championship. Other classes competed in the summer handicap Pointscore.

Conditions were very testing and many boats capsized in the gusty Sou-easterly breeze which reached 22 knots. Adding to the problems, the recent rains created a strong current which aligned with the wind, causing the fleet to sail against the wind and the strong tide.

It turned out to be a lovely afternoon on the river. The windy and rainy conditions meant sailors had the river all to themselves. Sailors love windy and rainy!

Two races were held today. Pointscore results are based on handicap. In the Pointscore fleet, there was 4 Lasers and 3 Corsairs & 3 NS14’s. It was hard work for the single-handed Lasers and there were many capsizes

Pointscore Race 1 was won by NS14 “Flight 24” (Adam Hurt & Kate Yeomans) 2nd was NS14 “Impulsive Matt” (Matt Andrews & Melissa La Roux) & 3rd was Laser “Dreadnaught (Peter Fell).

Race 2 was won by Laser “Dreadnaught, 2nd was “Impulsive Matt”, and 3rd was NS14 “On & Off” (Dave Robinson & Kynan Luescher)

The NS14 Class championship was very closely contested. Class Championship races are based on scratch results (no handicap)

 Race one of the NS14’s got off to a bad start for top contender “Impulsive Matt” when they mis-read the start signals and got off to a flying start, although one minute early. They were forced to return, finally to start 30 seconds behind the fleet. This cost them the race as “Flight 24” stayed ahead for the remainder and got home for first place.

Race two was a very different story and a 3-way race.  “Flight 24” lost time in a capsize and “Impulsive Matt” got the bullet with “On & Off” getting points for second.

The 3 handed Corsairs managed the tough conditions well, and stayed close to the front. Racing was very close fought between the 2 top boats with Corsair “Monopoly” (Andy Lamont, Maddie & John Morgan) getting the bullet in both races only seconds ahead of second Corsair Gidget (Craig Foley, Ella Ekstrom & Patricio Moreno)

Sailing is on again next Sunday (the 17th of Jan) and will feature heat 4 of the NS14 Class Championship.

Sailing is a very enjoyable spectator sport and the club welcomes visitors to watch. Racing can be viewed close up from anywhere along the lower Fingal Reach of the Tweed River.

The club is current in need of a rescue boat driver. Must hold boat license

Rescheduled Day 2 coming up this Sunday

Racing is on this coming Sunday, the 17th of January
Briefing at midday, race start at 1pm (NSW Time).

This is the rescheduled day 2 for NS14 Class Champs and Handicap Racing.  If you already registered for this event in the past, then there’s nothing to do.  You can confirm your listing on the registration page.

Full details and all registration links are on the event page on our website.

All skippers, please register and pay online before the day
Covid registration is now a check in, done on the day, not before.  Our website has a check in option in the top menu.  Please check in when you arrive on Sunday.

For skippers looking for crew, the event page has a section for you to leave your contact details.  There’s also a new page for people who would like to sail, to leave their contact details for potential skippers to contact them.

Again, all of the forms/registrations mentioned are linked from the event page.

If crews can help setup and packup on the day, then that would be appreciated.

People looking to crew:
If you do not have a boat organised but would like to crew, whether you have experience or not, one option is to fill in your contact details here.  Skippers will be able to see the information and perhaps get in touch to arrange a spot before the day.  If you are not a member, then you will need to pay for a sail pass for the day.  ($4.  Which can be deducted from your membership in the future.)

See you Sunday.

Racing is on this Sunday, NS14 Champs and Short Races

Racing is on this coming Sunday, the 10th of January
Briefing at midday, race start at 1pm (NSW Time).

There’s still two postponed races to be held in the coming weeks, but this race was already scheduled.

Three Handicap Races and NS14 Class Championship Day 3?  (Day 2 will come later – existing registrations for that will stay.)

Full details and all registration links are on the event page on our website.

All skippers, please register and pay online before the day
Covid registration is now a check in, done on the day, not before.  Our website has a check in option in the top menu.  Please check in when you arrive on Sunday.

For skippers looking for crew, the event page has a section for you to leave your contact details.  There’s also a new page for people who would like to sail, to leave their contact details for potential skippers to contact them.

Again, all of the forms/registrations mentioned are linked from the event page.

If crews can help setup and packup on the day, then that would be appreciated.

People looking to crew:
If you do not have a boat organised but would like to crew, whether you have experience or not, one option is to fill in your contact details here.  Skippers will be able to see the information and perhaps get in touch to arrange a spot before the day.  If you are not a member, then you will need to pay for a sail pass for the day.  ($4.  Which can be deducted from your membership in the future.)

See you Sunday.

Juniors Holiday Program

TVSC Juniors Team

We’re running a Juniors sailing program over six days in the next two weeks of school holidays.

Wednesday the 6th of January to Friday the 8th
Wednesday the 13th of January to Friday the 15th

Registration is open to anyone between the age of 8 to 18 with any level of experience.  You may attend a few days or all days.

For insurance purposes, you must either be a member or buy a sail pass for each day (Which is a temporary membership).  Full membership and sail passes can be bought online from our Membership Page.

We want to limit each day to a maximum of twenty juniors.

Each day, the session will run from 11am to 4pm.  (NSW time)

The cost per day is $20 or $100 for all six sessions.

Book sessions here.  (Because of the requirement for membership or sail passes, you must log in as the person attending first, to be able to book the session.  For example a parent cannot use their own login, to book in for a junior – if you see no option to book a session, then it might be because you haven’t arranged the membership.  You can find your username by using the ‘lost password’ option – sorry, we know it’s a bit convoluted, but it’s what Australian Sailing provide as the system to use.)

The club provides life jackets – you just need to bring, a hat (tied on), long sleeved top, water, a change of clothes and footwear you don’t mind getting wet (not thongs) – wetsuit boots ideal, but old runners are fine too. If it’s cold, an old 100% wool jumper with a wind proof jacket is the best sailing outfit. No need to buy any special gear.

Food will not be provided by the club, due to covid regulations.

Everyone must check in, every day, using our online covid registration.

Parents are encouraged to stay and help setup and put away boats and equipment.  We are all volunteers using a combination of our own boats and club boats, so please keep that in mind.

Our Commodore, Bill Fenelon, will be running these sessions.  Please contact him on 0411 123 405 if you have any related questions.

Please contact Craig Foley on 0413052898 if you have any issues with booking or paying online.

Sailing Sunday 20th of December – Maybe

Hi Everyone,

We have a race scheduled for this coming Sunday the 20th, but we’ll hold off for the moment, while we wait to see if the river condition improves during this week.

For the moment, due to the recent rain, the river has broken its banks and has a lot of detritus, which makes our sailing impractical.

We will send out an update later in the week.

Last Sunday’s Postponed race Scheduled for this Sunday

Racing is on this coming Sunday, the 13th of December
Briefing at midday, race start at 1pm (NSW Time).

This is the postponed race from the 6th of December.

Please note that the current forecast is for extreme winds, so there’s a possibility that we may have to postpone the day again.

Three Handicap Races and NS14 Class Championship Day 2

Full details and all registration links are on the event page on our website.

Any existing registrations from the 6th of December have been carried over.

All skippers, please register and pay online before the day
Covid registration is now a check in, done on the day, not before.  Our website has a check in option in the top menu.  Please check in when you arrive on Sunday.

For skippers looking for crew, the event page has a section for you to leave your contact details.  There’s also a new page for people who would like to sail, to leave their contact details for potential skippers to contact them.

Again, all of the forms/registrations mentioned are linked from the event page.

If crews can help setup and packup on the day, then that would be appreciated.

People looking to crew:
If you do not have a boat organised but would like to crew, whether you have experience or not, one option is to fill in your contact details here.  Skippers will be able to see the information and perhaps get in touch to arrange a spot before the day.  If you are not a member, then you will need to pay for a sail pass for the day.  ($4.  Which can be deducted from your membership in the future.)

As a reminder, Memberships are due.

See you Sunday.

Summer Season 2020 – Race Day 5

Hi Everyone,

Racing is on this coming Sunday, the 6th of December
Briefing at midday, race start at 1pm (NSW Time).

Three Handicap Races and NS14 Class Championship Day 2

Full details and all registration links are on the event page on our website.

(Some crews will be away at the Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club’s annual Monomasters.  We wish them well!)

All skippers, please register and pay online before the day
Covid registration is now a check in, done on the day, not before.  Our website has a check in option in the top menu.  Please check in when you arrive on Sunday.

For skippers looking for crew, the event page has a section for you to leave your contact details.  There’s also a new page for people who would like to sail, to leave their contact details for potential skippers to contact them.

Again, all of the forms/registrations mentioned are linked from the event page.

If crews can help setup and packup on the day, then that would be appreciated.

People looking to crew:
If you do not have a boat organised but would like to crew, whether you have experience or not, one option is to fill in your contact details here.  Skippers will be able to see the information and perhaps get in touch to arrange a spot before the day.  If you are not a member, then you will need to pay for a sail pass for the day.  ($4.  Which can be deducted from your membership in the future.)

As a reminder, Memberships are due.

See you Sunday.

Perfect weekend for Bridge to Breakers

Tweed sailors travelled to the Clarence River last weekend for the bi-annual sailing regatta at the Big River Sailing Club, Harwood. The BRSC hosted the Bridge to Breakers 2020 Regatta with record numbers in attendance. The 70 strong fleet of mixed classes also enjoyed near perfect sailing conditions with dry warm weather and north east winds. Whilst the incoming tide made for demanding upwind work, the flat water and fresh but manageable wind strength enabled most competitors to complete all four races that made up the series.

Igor with his recently done up Hobie 14. Just needs water!

Tweed sailors were represented in 3 divisions, Cats, Fast Mono hulls, and standard monohulls. Best in the Cats was Hobie 16 “Sledder” (Dave Chester & Isaac Poulsen), scoring 6th place out of 20 boats in the long distance “Bridge to Breakers”

Dave and Isaac trying to be a like a monohull on Sledder.

Fast mono hulls were dominated by Tweed sailors Adam Hurt & Kate Yeomans, teamed up in NS14 “Flight 24”, they scored 3 firsts and one second to easily win this division.

Kate and Adam showing how to keep Flight 24 flat, upwind.

In the standard monohull division, 6 Corsairs from TVSC competed in a mixed fleet of 30 boats, with the TVSC’s best result, 10th place going to Corsair “Monopoly” (Andy Lamont, Maddie Lyons & Amber Bdec) second placed Corsair was “Gidget” (Craig Foley John Morgan & Melissa Le Roux) and 3rd Corsair was “Nimbis (Andy Locke, Brandon Locke, & Dan Broad). Peter Fell placed 3rd in the Lasers on Dreadnought.

Maddie, Ambre and Andy on Monopoly…Andy was looking for his wallet.

It was another very strong turn out from the Tweed Valley sailing club at this regatta. Our sailors love the wide-open waters and stiff breezes of the Clarence river, and have attended every Bridge to Breakers regatta since the Tweed clubs’ beginnings ten years ago. Full results are here.

Waiting for a start.

Next fortnights neap tide will see sailing return to the Lower Tweed as the fleet sets sail at Fingal boat harbour on Sunday the 6th of December. Visitors and spectators are very welcome. Races start at 1pm (NSW)  

Peter Fell on Dreadnought

Volunteers to help with rescue boats are always welcome.

Contact Bill Fenelon TVSC Commodore 0411 123 405