The 7th annual Tweed River Passage Race.

Last Sunday, 14 boats with 28 crew sailed the longest course on the Tweed River, starting at Condong and finishing at Fingal Head. Traffic travelling along Tweed Valley Way would have been surprised to see a sailing race right beside the highway.

It was a perfect spring day, early light rain developing into a sunny day, but the fleet had to sail against a contrary wind.

Starting at 11am at Condong in 10knots of breeze, Kate Yeomans, sailing a Laser, quickly moved to the front and would lead the entire passage, arriving at Fingal Head in 3hours and 33 minutes. It was a dominant display from Kate, sailing with perfect power to weight ratio, beating 2nd place by 19 minutes.

The main group followed in a tight bunch, initially headed by Monique Smith, also in a Laser. Monique held a strong grip on 2nd until the Tumbulgum bridge. Winds swirling around the bridge pylons held her back, and in short time, three Corsairs slipped in front. Difficult winds are always a feature of this race, and although this year the wind was generally steady, there are sections of the river that have zero wind.

By the time the fleet arrived on the Fingal reach, six boats were closely bunched and finished within 8 minutes of each other after beating straight into the wind all the way from Condong.

Results

Scratch; 1st Laser 179414 “Bluey” (Kate Yeomans), 2nd Corsair 848 “Monopoly” (Andrew Lamont, Craig Foley & John Morgan) & 3rd Corsair 396 “Nimbis” (Debbie Jones & Scott Jones), 4th Laser 207817 “Rolling” Stone (Monique Smith)

Yardstick (Corrected) ; 1st Laser 179414 “Bluey” (Kate Yeomans), 2nd Corsair 848 “Monopoly” (Andrew Lamont, Craig Foley & John Morgan)   3rd 125 class “Paper Plane” (Matt Andrews & Melissa Le Roux) 4th Corsair 396 “Nimbis” (Debbie Jones & Scott Jones), 

Many other crews sailed this race for the first time. All deserve congratulations to mange to finish this difficult race.

The TVSC is commencing its Summer series next Sunday. All races start with a briefing at 12 noon. Race start is at 1pm (NSW Time).

First Race of the Summer Season Begins this Sunday

Our summer season begins this coming Sunday the 27th of September.
Briefing at midday, race start at 1pm (NSW Time).
Handicap Racing

There will be time keeping.

There are a couple of registration forms, so please bear with us as we experiment and try to make things work easily from everyone’s point of view.  (i.e. mine)

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

We are going to start charging for race entry again, so all skippers need to use the Skippers Registration form to enter their boat, boat details and pay their $5.  You can do this on the day on your phone or earlier in the week.  You can pay by direct debit into our bank account or via credit card.  The details are shown when you register.

For skippers needing crew or people wanting to crew, there is a Skippers ‘Looking for Crew’ form on the event page.  Skippers, please fill that in if you need crew.  There’s also a link (on the event page) that lists Skippers who are seeking crew…(so maybe you’ve guessed what’s coming next already)…if you’d like to crew, then check that list and ring/email the skippers about a spot…and if you need crew…then fill in the appropriate form.  Please.  If this gets too (more?) complicated, then we’ll try another method.  (There may still be random spots free on the day, as that is life, so you’re very welcome to come along and try to get a spot.)

To comply with our covid safe plan, everyone attending must register with the covid safe registration page…too.  (Sorry)  But guess what?  That’s on the event page too!

Finally, it’s our intention to race every second Sunday and to occasionally have training/learn to sail/juniors days on the other Sundays.  More news on that soon.

Memberships are also due.

See you Sunday!

Sailing Two Sunday’s in a Row

Tweed Valley Sailing Club will host its annual Tweed River Passage Race next Sunday

Another big fleet of 15 boats raced on the Fingal reach of the Tweed River on Sunday as teams prepared for the clubs biggest single event, the annual Tweed River Passage Race, starting at Condong and finishing at Fingal Head.

Fastest around the buoys was Maurie Meyer in a Laser, putting in an outstanding effort, 2nd place was taken by Igor Prado from Brazil, racing his NS14 Blu Tack. It was Igor’s best performance with the club and the best result ever for Blu Tack.

Full results are here.

Next Sunday, expect to see the Tweed River light up as sailing boats race the entire length of the river, (not blocked by low bridges.)  It is an awesome spectator event and the Tweed Sailing club hopes locals and tourist will come down and watch the fleet sail. The race will start at Condong boat Ramp at 11:00 and will probably finish at Fingal at about 3pm.

The River passage race was developed by long time club stalwart Alison Blatcher 8 years ago and has become an immensely popular annual event.

The race can be viewed from anywhere along the Tweed River bank, and even as you drive along Tweed Valley Highway you will see the fleet proceeding downstream, but we recommend you should watch where you are driving and not the action on the river. Stop any where and take in the action of this spectacular event.

Covid Registration for the Tumbulgum 2020 Passage Race

Our Annual Passage Race is on again this coming Sunday.

To comply with our Covid Safe Business Plan, all attendees must register using this registration form.

All skippers must also register their boat with this registration form.  If skippers are not sure if they’ve registered already, then please check the list of registrations here.

Briefing at 10am (at Condon)
Race Start at 11am
Results announced after the finish at Fingal

Full details for the day are on the registration form, but please be aware that this is a one way race from Condon to Fingal.  Skippers and crew must make their own arrangements for transport, moving trailers etc.

If you would like to crew and haven’t made arrangements, then we will try to match you to a Skipper/boat before Sunday.

We would like all Corsairs in the water before briefing.  There is a pontoon for the boats to raft up against.

A portaloo will be provided at Condon.

See you there!

Racing is on again this coming Sunday. Three short races.

Briefing at 10am, first race start at 11am.

Other Events:

There are certain requirements.

Everyone must register, including crewhere.  (We need to keep records of everyone to comply with our COVID Safe Plan.)
Full contact is allowed while racing, with no limits on crew numbers.
When ashore, social distancing must be maintained.

Racing will be free.

There will be no time keeping, sign on, BBQ or results recorded.

There may be some crewing spots available for people who are new, so please register and we’ll see what we can arrange.  If you want to crew and can make arrangements directly with a skipper, then please do so, before registering.

Some of the X3s may be available for those without a boat, but some experience.  (If you are allocated a club boat, come earlier than 11am, so that you have time to rig before briefing.)

Juniors are encouraged to race too.

Otherwise, the usual rules apply, as per our website.  (Footwear, life jackets etc.)

Notice of AGM

Dear TVSC Member,

The Tweed valley Sailing Club hereby gives all members 14 days notice of our Annual General Meeting.

The AGM will be a ZOOM meeting, given COVID restrictions.

Zoom Meeting Link

Agenda and other items are on the event page.

                                                 Annual General Meeting

                                             Sunday 13 September 2020, 7pm.

                                  RSVP. To tvscmail@gmail.com by September 6 2020

Large fleet races on Fingal Reach on Sunday

Fleet numbers are increasing at the Tweed Valley Sailing Club as an almost record number of boats competed in 3 short races on the lower Fingal Reach of the Tweed River.

Look at that breeze!

20 boats and 40 sailors hit the water at the top of a flooding neap tide, with crews expecting a good breeze, but although it was a spectacular winter afternoon, it turned out frustrating for sailing when the wind refused to blow. An occasional zephyr of breeze got boats moving, only to die away and leave the fleet motionless. 

Despite the light winds, three races were conducted.

Today’s fleet included 5 Corsairs, 3 NS14’s, and 6 Lasers, joined by an International 470, a Hobie 16, and a unique design called a Goat Island Skiff.  

Adam and Tom. Winners of two of the three races.

Although the conditions were difficult, there was still a race on, and the top boat today, winning two out of three, was NS14 Team Adam Hurt and Tom Busbridge. Although they score 8th in the second race. Also, in the winner’s circle, Kate Yeoman scored a 1st place in race 2, and third place in the other 2 races.

The day’s winner, counting all 3 races, was Kate Yeomans in Laser “Bluey”. 2nd was Adam Hurt and Tom Busbridge in NS14 “Flight 24” and third was NS14 “Oner & Offer” sailed by Dave Robinson. All results are here.

Overall winner, Kate, leads Dave around the mark.

In the classes, 6 Lasers raced, with Kate Yeoman getting 1st, Peter Fell 2nd, and Craig Foley scored 3rd.

In the NS14’s, Adam Hurt and Tom Busbridge scored 1st; Dave Robinson got 2nd, while in the 3 handed Corsair class, 5 boats competed; 1st was “Gidget” (Matt Andrews), 2nd went to “Keenas” (Mark Reynolds) and 3rd placed was “Monopoly” (Andy Lamont).

 

The winning Corsair’s Rudder…looking suspiciously like a Sabot rudder and a little undersized.

Thanks to our rescue boat crew Bryan Townsend and Karen Vidler.

Our next sailing event will be next Sunday the 30th of August. You must register.

Our long-distance river passage race is scheduled for the 20th of September. Now less than one month away. Starting at Condong at 11 am, the boats will sail the full navigable length of the Tweed River and finish in Fingal Head.

Front Runners in the Tumbulgum Passage in a prior year.

Crew are always welcome at TVSC, and no experience is necessary.

Contact Club Commodore, Bill Fenelon, 0411 123 405