The Tweed Valley Sailing Club conducted Race 6 , 7 and 8 on Sunday, with expectations of a storm keeping many at home. 12 boats turned up to race and a very close eye was kept on the sky. It was very quiet on the river and the boats enjoyed a pleasant afternoon sailing.
Unfortunately, the first race of the day had to be abandoned, due to the wing mark detaching from its anchor and floating too far up river! Thanks go to Geoffrey and his daughter for locating it and bringing it back for the second race of the day.
Fastest today was NS14 “Flight 24” (Adam Hurt & Kate Yeomans) and 2nd; another NS14, Impulsive Matt (Matt Andrews & Melissa Le Roux). Results are here.
The big race today were Heats 1, 2 and 3 of the summer NS14 Class Championship.
Five of these high performance, 2 handed skiffs competed, and included a team from Brisbane. The Tweed River has a very competitive fleet of NS14’s which has developed over the years to be of very high standard, and is attracting boats from other clubs to compete; but today the local boats dominated.
Winning the NS’s, getting the bullet in both (completed) races; last year’s class champion “Flight 24” sailed by Adam Hurt from Fingal Head, teamed up this year with the clubs Laser champion, Kate Yeomans, getting home 30 seconds ahead of 2nd place “Impulsive Matt” (Matt Andrews & Melissa La Roux), 3rd was Brisbane boat “Need for speed” (Adam Humphries & Lucinda Jones) and 4th was “On & Off” (Dave Robinson & Cooper Robinson). “Blu Tack” also made an appearance with new owners, another Fingal team, Lucy Dyer & Simon Bicknell racing with the club for the first time.
Racing was on the short course and all boats competed very closely and separated by only seconds.
The Corsairs had a number of new to sailing crew who all had a great experience. Here’s new sailor Jack, recovering from nearly capsizing on a gybe.
The Tweed Sailing club supports regattas at other Northern Rivers clubs. Two club boats travelled to Harwood on Saturday for the Clarence River, Single Handers regatta. Congrats to Peter Fell on a fifth placing in the Impulses.
Next fortnight many club boats will travel to Ballina for their weekend regatta and saturday long-distance Richmond River race. If any Corsair skippers are intending to go, please get in touch so that we can organise things with crew. Registrations must be done online.
The Clubs next race will be conducted on the 8th of November on the Fingal Reach, starting at 13:00 (NSW). Spectators are welcomed.
A big fleet is expected for the 2nd heat of the 3-handed Corsair Class Championship and there could be many crewing opportunities available so people can join in.
The Club currently needs Rescue Boat drivers. If you have a power boat license and are interested in helping out, then please get in touch.