Perfect sailing conditions, and a record fleet on the Tweed on Sunday.

Tweed Valley Sailing Club conducted its 8th race of the Summer Series with a good steady 15 knot Northerly breeze and a helpful ebbing tide. 20 boats competed, crewed by 44 sailors, with a further 10 people in support roles and rescue boat.

Sunday’s main event was the Penultimate Race (Heat 4) of the North Coast Corsair Class Championship. This is a race of “One Design” boats, each carrying 3 crew, and setting spinnakers down wind. It’s a scratch race, so not handicapped, and the competition is very intense.

The Tweed Sailing club hopes to have an Australian Champion in this class in the near future…

This race marked a record fleet for Tweed Corsairs, with ten boats competing crewed by 30 sailors.

Winning today was Qld State Championship runner up, Corsair “Swell Lady”, skippered by Monique Smith with crew Matt Andrews and Deborah Flannery.

They have proven to be an awesome team and also won today’s handicap Pointscore, leading from start to finish against a very determined second placed Corsair “Odin” sailed by class Stalwarts, Skipper Daniel Sieders, with Adrian Dokter, and Tamara Sheppard.

Third place was Corsair 199 “Minnow” with skipper and Club Commodore Bill Fenelon, with experienced crew Robert Preston and Kynan Luescher.

Always very close behind, was 4th placed Corsair 490 “Keenas” (Mark Reynolds Craig Foley & Taj Krasna ) followed a mere 20 seconds later by fast finishing Corsair 102”Melita 3, (Alison Blatcher, Marg Walgers & Karen Vidler.

The top five Corsairs completed the long course on the Fingal reach in one hour and forty minutes, with only ten minutes separating them at the end.

It was a lovely day on the water and enjoyed by all.

Sailing on the Fingal Reach is also great for spectators, and many lined the river bank to enjoy the spectacular of Sail, from close up !

The sailing clubs next event is on Sunday the 25th of February. All are welcome and many boats require crew.

People with boating licences are very welcome to help out by driving our rescue boat.

Bill Fenelon TVSC Commodore.


Race 7 – NS14 & Laser Class Championships; a very hot day!

What a great day, with 20 boats competing including some new members and visitors!  Thanks to Bob and the safety boat crew.  We couldn’t race without you.

The Laser Class was won by Gary, with Kate and Peter coming in second and third.

Gary on his Laser and Adam with crew member Tom near the Top Mark

The NS14 Class was won by Glenn and Kynan, Adam and Tom coming in second and Bill and Taj coming in third.

Bill and Taj on NS, Lex on Impulse

Congratulations to Geoff & Jo Carter, 1st place on handicap with Dave Chester & Kevin Bourke 2nd & 3rd. And again to Dave Chester & Isaac Poulsen 1st place on corrected time with Tim Brown & Lex Branch 2nd & 3rd.

Considering that Dave Chester had worked hard all morning unpacking and packing up for Juniors that was a very good result!


Thanks all for making the effort to sail on such a hot day – hope you have all recovered from the heat. We’ve got a week off now – social sail to Chinderah tavern for lunch on 4 Feb and the next race on the 11th of Feb.

If you’d like to learn to sail, race your own boat, crew or be a safety boat driver, then please get in touch.

Another fabulous day on the river.

Our first race of 2018 couldn’t have been better. Plenty of breeze 15 to 26 knot SSE and a strong outgoing tide to make us all really work hard.

A long race so a special thank you to our support team: safety boat driver Bob Ormsby with crew, first time out, Bunnings BBQ catch – Paul Whitehead + Suzanne Blatcher & Kurt Luescher timekeeping. Big thanks to Marg Walgers for feeding us all after the race and Lex Branch and Adam Busbridge for photos.

Keeping out of the tide on the upwind leg.

So down to the details : 21 Boats made for an impressive and interesting start. Lots of right of way and look out calls but thanks to some good sailing there was not 1 collision (as far as I know) – plenty of very close passes though – good work everyone! The Corsair Class Champ had a record 9 entrants thanks to the Commodore’s hard work rigging 3 Corsairs to make sure both club boats got out on the water today.

Big welcome to lots of new sailors – Rhonda & David Stevens who came to try sailing in the morning ; Corsair Nimbus’ new crew (and new TVSC member) Sally Machray & John; James Rothwell crewing on Bills Corsair with Junior Tully Andrews (her first race); Tully’s brother Rigby also in his first race was with Azo Bell on Club Corsair 107 + visiting from Big River SC, Denise Bruschweiler; and last but not least welcome to experienced sailor Rachel O’Hagen, new to the Tweed and missing her old club at Williamstown in Victoria. Rachel sailed with recent recruit Horst Tietze and another visitor from Victoria , Richard Lawton on club Corsair 266.

Bill on Minnow

The results speak for themselves. Bill handicapped himself with extra crew and followed the rules with a 360 for causing someone to alter course (unlike Wild Oats in the Hobart) – so Minnow was at the back of the fleet for a change.

Tim, Matt & Tom Busbridge (J) kept them company with Azo, Denise & Rigby having some trouble with an unfamiliar boat (with every rope the same colour blue!);

Keenas, Melita IIi & Nimbus made up the middle of the fleet all using their spinnakers and fighting for the lead every lap. Well done to Mark Reynolds, Craig Foley & Taj Krasna (J) for taking a well deserved 3rd place in the Corsair fleet.

Corsair winners, Odin.

Out in front was Swell Lady but even with Matt back on board they couldn’t catch Daniel, Adrian & Tamara on Odin. So that’s the Corsairs …maybe we’ll have 10 boats next time!

The Lasers were missing Mauri but had Peter Redmond & Michael Mills filling the gap. A close race between Macca and Millsy.

Division 2 needs some more boats – Rainer on the Access took first place (being the only boat in the division) – handling the strong breeze well especially considering its only his 3rd time out.

Rainer in the Access Dinghy and Tim in his new Impulse.

Congrats to corrected time winner Tim Brown on new Impulse “Itchy Coo” (maybe get a flower sticker on the boat for every win she has Tim? ) and Handicap winner Paul Uhlmann & Ian Lomas on Tasar “Wingover”.

Great to see father and daughter team Mike and Imogen on the club Tasar and also Andrew J with Mark Storrier on club NS14 Blutack were having a ball by the looks.

The multihulls fleet was down to 1 – so hard to do class champ results – Hobie 16 Sledder entertained us as usual, this time the crew skippered most of the race (well done Isaac) but Dave didn’t do so well as crew , falling off the boat at the finish line.

Taj trimming the Jib on Keenas.

We were all off the water by the time the 30+ gusts came in!

Not long to wait for the next race – come down to Fingal and watch the action next Sunday 21 January – briefing at 12 – race start at 1 – finish between 2.30 and 3.30pm. Thanks folks.

Last Race of 2017, Sailors Face Strong Wind

On Sunday, Tweed Valley Sailing Club conducted its 5th race of the Summer Pointscore Series with strong winds reaching 26 knots at times on the Tweed River.

14 boats, sailed by 25 crew, battled the windy weather with many giving up and retiring early. Only 6 boats completed the course.

It was exciting sailing for the survivors, with a strong flood tide against the wind, creating large waves in the river which enabled boats to surf and gain speed.

Line Honours John & Saffron Cook on Scored a Tri in front of Sledder.

1st Finisher, Weta “Scored a Tri” (John & Saffron Cook), completing the 10km course in record time of 70 minutes. John and Saffron were very happy with their afternoon, winning their first line honours result this season, edging out perennial winner Dave Chester & crew Kynan Luescher with Daves Hobie 16, who lead the fleet by 3 minutes after the first lap but was forced to retire following a capsize early into the second lap.

Line Honours in the mono hulls went to NS14 Tornado, (Bill Fenelon & Taj Krasna) beating second placed Laser “Siesta” (Gary McCrohan) by 2 minutes and third placed Laser “Bluey” (Kate Yeomans) only 9 seconds behind.

The two big events this Sunday were the 3rd heat of the North Coast NS14 class Championship series and the Tweed River Laser Class Championship.

3 boats started in the NS14’s with only one completing the course.

30 years old and built on the Northern Rivers, NS14 Tornado was skilfully sailed and avoided damage to complete the difficult course and take the bullet. Tornado show exceptional boat speed on the fast reaching legs and lead for most of the race. New sailors, Andrew Jaggers and Jessie Normans sailed NS14 “Blue Tack”, but withdrew after numerous capsizes, while Tasar “Hippocampus” (Mike & Imogen Mansted) was also forced to retire early with a broken mast while actually leading the fleet. It was a disappointing result for Mike & Imogen as this would have been their first race win.

Laser `Bluey` (Kate Yeomans)

3 single handed Lasers competed in heat 3 of their Class Championship, with only two finishing. 1st placed Laser, “Siesta”, had a very close race with “Bluey”, with Gary finishing only 9 seconds ahead of second placed Kate Yeomans. Kate lead for the first 2 laps & showed incredible courage to continue racing despite the strong wind and multiple capsizes.

Racing in the Clubs Summer Pointscore series included 3 Corsairs, 1 Impulse and 1 Access 303.  First to finish in this group was “Swell Lady” (Monique Smith, Deborah Flannery & Craig Foley) .

First Corsair Swell Lady (Monique Smith, Deborah Flannery, Craig Foley)

It was a great day out for Monique and her crew, and one of their strongest performances, as they battled & survived the winds and beat second place Corsair “Peggy” (Josh Ferguson, Tim Molloy & Grant Banning) by 8 minutes.

This was the last race day of the year and the club will now take a break for Christmas. Next race at the Tweed Valley Sailing Club will be Heat 3 of the Northern Rivers Corsair Class Championship, conducted on the 14th of January 2018  Race Briefing will be at 12:00 NSW Time and Race Start will be at 1pm.

The sailing club is in need of volunteers to drive our rescue boat. It’s a fun afternoon on the river and everything you need is supplied. Please contact Club Commodore Bill Fenelon 0411 123 405 if you would like to try out. Boating licence is required.

Likewise, if you’d like to crew or learn to sail, then please get in touch.

Junior Sailors in the morning Taj Krasna & Tom Busbridge sailing a club X3 dinghy

Race 2 Summer Series

14 boats with 34 Crew contested the 2nd race of the Summer Pointscore Series including 8 Corsairs contesting Race 1 of their Class Championship Series and 4 Multihull’s competing in Race 1 of their yardstick based series.

First to finish the course was Hobie 16 “Sledder” (Dave Chester & Isaac Poulsen) and first Monohull was Odin (Daniel Seider, Adrian Dokter & Tamara Sheppard).  8 three-handed Corsairs competed in Race 1 of the Tweed River Corsair Championship. This was the largest turnout of Corsairs the club has had, but still not the full fleet!

The 5 race summer series is held once a month and expected to be closely fought.

Sunday’s race was an endurance event, with the fleet tacking against a strong shifting breeze combined with a fast flowing flood tide, sailors hard to work hard to beat the elements.  Racing was very close in the Corsairs, with the first three boats only 30 seconds apart after one lap, but in the end, winner of heat 1 was Corsair “Odin”.  Second went to Corsair “Epic” (Peter Skinner, Taj Krasna and Mark Storrier) and third to Minnow (Bill Fenelon Max Hennessey and Jessie Normans) 4th went to Keenas and 5th to Swell Lady .

Race 1 of the Multihull Yardstick Championship got off to a fast start with Dave Chester and Isaac Poulsen on Hobie 16 “Sledder” nailing the start and leading the fleet around the course. John and Saffron Cook were always close on Weta Tri “Scored a Tri” with another Weta Tri (Lex and Martin Branch) not far behind.

First Multihull to finish was Sledder (Dave Chester & Isaac Poulsen, getting the win by 5 minutes from Weta “Scored a Tri” (John & Saffron Cook )

Some boats found the conditions difficult and withdrew after one lap, Swell lady had a capsize, and we all got to see the boats big blue bottom.

A good result today for club loaner boat Tasar “Hippocampus” (Mike Mansted and Imogene Mansted) finishing 4th out of the monohulls.

The Sailing club is in need of Licensed Boat drivers to drive our rescue boat during Sunday races. Please phone Bill 0411 123 405.

Next Sunday the club will host Junior Sailing and social sailing from 9am email

RECORD CREW NUMBERS in the First Race of Summer Sailing on the Tweed

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.

Race 2 – 2015

Tweed River Sunday Sailing Race Report


Dear Members,

Tweed Valley Sailing Club conducted its second race of its 5th summer series.

We had tough sailing conditions on Sunday, plus a good fleet of NS’s & Corsairs.

21 boats raced, with a gusty 15 to 18 knot breeze, favouring those who knew what they were doing,

This race was a Class Championship Race for NS14’s and Laser class boats.

21 boats started; 8 NS14’s with 14 crew, , 6 Corsairs with 17 Crew, 3 Lasers, 2 Multihull, and two others.

48 People attended including rescue boat crews and timekeepers,

A strong and gusty North Easterly Breeze push the yachts, ensuring a good display of skill would be required to complete the race. Many boats didn’t get passed the first lap, as the strong breeze broke boats and wore crews down.

8 yachts competed in the 1st heat of the Clubs NS14 Class Championship Race, staged over 5 races throughout summer.

First Place in the NS14’s went to “Wingover”, (Paul Uhlman and crew John O’Neill). showing excellent skills to master the tough conditions, Wingover beat next placed “Radical Phase”, (Glenn Slight &  Michelle Oxenford), by only 90 seconds.  This was Michelle’s, first sailing adventure, so these guys did very well to stay so close to the front. Next to finish in the NS14’s was “Zarzan” (Adam Hurt & Thomas Busbridge), getting across the finish 4 minutes behind Radical Phase.

The conditions proved too tough for the remainder of the fleet and none others finished the course.

Lasers were also competing in their Class Championship. Top Laser was Gary McRohon, finishing close behind the 2nd NS14. Gary beat the next Laser “Genghis” (Wayne Freeman) by almost 20 minutes, with 3rd Laser, “Pussy Galore” (Jen Richardson), not finishing.

Corsairs were in a non Championship week. 6 Boats started carrying 17 crew !!! Top boat this week was “Melita”, (Azo Bell,  Germain, and John) finishing 13 minutes ahead  of second finisher, “Well Layd” (Monique Smith, Paul Smith, Tom Weiss) then 3 seconds back to “Dominatrix”, (Russ Timbs, Isaac Zheng & Lachlan Pullan)


Multihulls were racing and fastest was “Wooska” (Toby & Anna Poulsen). Toby & Anna finished only 10 minutes behind the first mono hull despite sailing an extra lap.

Big thanks to those who helped out and made this race possible, our rescue boat crews and timekeepers.

Next weekend the club travels to Harwood, on the Clarence River, for their annual “Bridge to Breakers: Race. Next sailing on the Tweed River will be on Sunday the 22nd of November.


Ranking List after one round of Class Championship

NS14, MG14 & Taser Class Championship

1st place on 1 point

Paul Uhlman, John O’Neil

2nd place on 2 points

Glenn Slight, Michelle Oxenford

3rd place on 3 points

Adam Hurt, Tom Busbridge

4th place on 9 points

Bill Fenelon, Kaleb Williams, Dave Chester Isaac Poulsen, Malcolm Madden, Mark Banbury, Ty Banbury, Geoff Carter

5th place on 12 points

Tony Lochead


Lasers, Sabres and Tassy Tigers

1st Place on 1 point

Gary McCrohon

2nd Place on 2 points

Wayne Freeman

3rd place on 5 points

Jen Richardson, Tom Bourgeois


1st place on 1 point

Monique Smith, Paul Smith, Tom Weiss

2nd Place on 2 points

Geoff Carter, Jo Carter, Rosario Hulsewede

3rd place on 3 points

Bill Fenelon, Mark Reynolds, Darcy Reynolds

4th place on 4 points

Kevin Burke, Jenny, and Bonnie,

5th place on 5 points

Russ Timbs, Holly Mayes and Santiago Hulsewede

6th place on 6 points