Perfect Sailing Conditions on Sunday.
Tweed Valley Sailing Club conducted its 3rd race of the Summer Series with a superb afternoon sailing on the Tweed River. 16 boats, sailed by 33 crew, enjoyed the afternoon, sailed in a moderate South Easterly breeze blowing at 15 knots, making enjoyable fast racing. A fast ebbing tide added to the problems the crews face and local knowledge of the river help the winners get in front.
Fastest around the course again was Hobie 16 “Sledder” (Dave Chester & Isaac Poulsen). Dave’s making a habit of being the fastest boat and hasn’t been beaten for over a year. !
Are there any Challengers out there? The Multihull’s were also racing in Heat 2 of their Summer Championship series, with the bullet going to “Sledder” and second place to Weta “Scored a Tri” (John Cook & Saffron Cook)
The big race today was Heat 2 of the North Coast Corsair Class Championship, contested by 7 boats sailed by 21 crew. The fleet was very competitive with 5 boats taking turns at the lead. Finishing first with a very good performance was “Keenas” (Mark Reynolds, Craig Foley & Taj Krasna) and second was “Minnow” (Bill Fenelon, Jessie Normans & Max Hennessey). It was very close. Keenas was in 5th place at the start of the last lap, but won by 24 seconds ahead of “Minnow” at the finish. Third place 1 minute behind was “Epic” (Peter Skinner, James Nicholas & Caspian Nicholas).
After nearly 2 hours racing the 7th Corsair finished only ten minutes behind the winner. 2 NS14’s and 6 single hander’s competed for points in the Clubs Summer Pointscore series, with 4
Lasers & 1 Impulses and 1 “X3 class” racing. Winning this division with his best performance ever, experienced master sailor John Heywood, led this fleet from start to finish in Laser “Silent Partner” beating second place by 2 mins NS14 “Zarzan” (Adam Hurt & Tom Busbridge) and 3 rd place Laser “Siesta” Gary McCrohan, 18 seconds behind Adam.
A great turn out this weekend from our Female sailors with Skippers, Monique Smith, Alison Blatcher both steering Corsairs and Kate Yeoman skipper on her Laser. Crewing in the fleet, Deb Flannery, Olivia Howard, Marg Walgers, Karen Vidler, Jessie Normans, Tamara Sheppard, Jana McGeachy, & Kirby Edwards on Corsairs, and junior sailor and Saffron Cook on the Weta.
Juniors also sailed on the racing boats, with Fingal locals Taj Krasna& Max Hennessey and Caspian Nicholas crewing on Corsairs, Kynan Luescher and Tom Busbridge crewing on NS14’s.
The Tweed Valley Sailing Clubs next event is Next Sunday, Juniors Sailing starting at 9am and Club racing at 12:00
Next weeks racing will feature the North Coast NS14 Class Championship.