19 boats took out 40 happy sailors for the first race of the Tweed Valley Sailing Clubs 7th Summer Race Series on Sunday 8th October with some of the closest competition to date.
Line honours went to father and daughter team John & Saffron Cooke on their Weta Tri beating the first monohull, Kate Yeomans (Laser) by only 10 seconds which was a great start to the season for Kate in only her second series sailing Lasers. It was a Laser class championship race so an important one for the Laser sailors. The boys had better look out for Kate – the light conditions suited her and she was over a minute ahead of Gary McCrohon with John Hayward seconds behind.
The 8 Corsairs included first time racing with TVSC new member Daniel Sieders on “Odin” who led the Corsairs for 2 laps but was taken out on the last lap by Peter Skinner on Corsair “Epic” helmed Max Hennessy and grandson Caspian Nickless. Third Corsair across the line was Alison Blatcher with crew Marg Walgers and Andrew Jaggers on Melita III. There was close racing between the rest of the corsairs too showing this seasons Corsair Class championship starting on Sunday 29 October could be anyones.
Bill Fenelon and crew Taj Krasna on classic NS14 “Tornado” probably had the biggest smiles of the day as they got a win in the first NS14 class champ race. It must have been a tense last leg as they crossed the line only 3 seconds ahead of last years NS14 champions Glenn Slight & Kynan Luescher. Well sailed both crews.
The club welcomed lots of new sailors today including 7 beginners going out for their first race after a short training sail in the morning. Juniors sailing is run by club members on most Sunday mornings at Fingal Head for girls and boys aged 8 to 17 only $5 per session. Adult try sailing sesssions are also available. Contact us for more information.