Welcome Back!

Greetings all – please take a minute to read this…

Our “month off” is nearly over, not that we haven’t been busy in April, with three excellent weekday sessions for juniors and teens.Lots of new recruits – so a BIG WELCOME to all the new families, we are looking forward to seeing you at our regular events starting next Sunday.

The Winter Calendar (draft) is now available.

We have a new short term boat hire agreement and hire fees in place, for those wanting to use club boats

Our next Committee Meeting will probably be on the 11th of May

  • START OF SEASON WORKING BEE – Proposed Date Mornings: Sat 11 May or Sat 18 May or Sun 19 May – please advise availability. Hoping to do some more planting around container as well as a big tidy up.
  • ANNUAL PRESENTATION DINNER  – all welcome – family friendly, not a late finish. Venue and date should be finalised next week – aiming for 15 or 16 June – alternative date Sunday 15 July.
  • Try Sailing dates will be announced as they are scheduled,  by email. (we need skippers & someone to organise these)
  • Duty Officers – please book yourself in for a race date or 2.  
  • Sorry no Juniors/Teens session next Sunday morning (5 May) but all welcome to find crew spots or skipper Sabots or X3s in the afternoon race.

and …..Get involved – the more people who get involved, the less we all have to do and the better our club will be.

It is too much for the current small team so take on a small responsibility… and then train someone else to do it.Here are some of the things you could do

  • Race Duty Officer Roster manager (making sure we have a duty officer for each race)
  • Catering Team – need a roster manager for Race BBQs
  • Forms “Office Manager” (making sure we have copies of indemnity forms, parent consent forms, etc etc)
  • Two more EMAIL Secretaries – to respond to enquires etc
  • Juniors Team Roster and dates organiser.
  • Juniors Bookings – via gmail reponses onto a Google Spreadsheet
  • Annual Dinner organising Team
  • Race results entry to Halsail
  • Tumbulgum Passage Race Team (Race Sat 31 Aug)
  • Skippers to do Try Sailing sessions – + a Try Sailing Organiser.
  • Committee Secretary … not a big job, but the club doesn’t run without one.
  • Merchandise – Back up Membership Officer- ready to take over in October?
  • Back up Treasurer – ready to take over in October?
  • Boat maintenance (repairs to trailers/Corsairs etc)
  • and many more fun ways to be involved …… what about a trip to a trivia night

Big thanks to Liz Grace who has been reorgansing all the life jackets each week … bottom rack Juniors, Top rack adults .. order: small – Large. Anyone want to look after the Wet Shoes ? …need to be taken home every so often for a good wash.

Enjoy your week and see you next Sunday.  

Northern Rivers NS14 Training Clinic

New and experienced NS14 sailors from the Tweed Valley Sailing Club are welcome to attend a training clinic on the weekend of 6-7 April at the Big River Sailing Club.

For details and booking information go to https://www.trybooking.com/BBPMB
At least 3 boats from Tvsc will be going … Adam Hurt in his new Flight 24, Matt Andrews in Impulsive Max and Robert Preston in his new Aero 9 Pura Vida.

TVSC Member Robert Preston is organising the event with support of the NSW NS14 association.

Contact Robert for more information at Robert.Preston@bigpond.com

Final Race of the Summer Season

Last Sunday the sailing club conducted its last race for the summer season. 14 boats competed, and fortunately, the breeze picked up and it turned into a pleasant afternoon on the river.

Fastest boat was visitor Jason Purcell, from Big River Sailing Club, sailing a high-tech Carbon Fibre single handed RS Aero, one minute back 2nd finisher, NS14 “Zazen 2” (Adam Hurt and Tom Busbridge). The ultra-light weight RS Aero was always going to be hard to beat in the light wind conditions. Third finisher, one minute back, was Laser “Siesta” (Gary McCrohan) who got in only 5 seconds ahead of Laser “Bluey” (Kate Yeomans).

Five Single Handers competed in their Yardstick based championship series. 1st Finisher was Siesta, Second Bluey, 3rd Impulse “Woodcraft” (Matt Andrews) and 4th “Flying Dragon” (Monique Smith).

The big event today was the final heat of the 4-race, NS14 Class Championship series. This is a scratch series for 14ft two handed boats. Getting the bullet today in a sparse field of only 3 boats was Fingal Team Adam Hurt and Tom Busbridge in their new boat, “Zazen 2” getting home 6 minutes ahead of 2nd placed Impulsive Max (Robert Preston & Rachael O’Hara). The NS14 fleet was decimated 2 months ago after two top boats were severely damaged by Waves created by Wake Surfing boats and these two boats have been unable to return to compete this season. One of these was last years Champion NS14 Tornado.

As usual the 3 handed 16ft spinnaker Corsair Class raced for the summer point score in strong numbers. Four boats competed with first home being “Keenas” (Mark Reynolds & all female ring in crew, Marg Walgers & Deb Flannery) while one minute behind was “Minnow” sailing four handed (Bill Fenelon, Laura Leimola, Kynan Luescher & Taj Krasna).

Meanwhile Tweed Sailors are preparing for State Championships at other clubs. Dave Chester and Deb Flannery competed with 13 Hobie 16’s, raced on Waterloo Bay from Manly boat harbour in a trial race for the state championships. After a 2-race series, Dave and Deb scored a respectable 4th place. Meanwhile Robert Preston with crew Miles will be competing in the next Heron class Australian Championship.

The sailing club would like to extend they’re thanks to the NSW Maritime Authorities “Boating Safety Officer” who patrolled the Fingal Reach on Sunday. Using a Jet Ski, the Officer was un-noticed and kept the river safe for sailing and passive river users.

Next Sunday at Fingal there will be social sailing and Juniors sailing, but no racing now till the Winter series starts in May.

Anybody wishing to get involved in Sailing on the Tweed should contact Club Commodore, Bill Fenelon on 0411 123 4052.

Dave and Deb’s Excellent Adventure!

With the QLD Hobie State Championships just around the corner TVSC’s favourite multihull team headed up to the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly, Brisbane for some excellent racing against the hot local Hobie 16 fleet. Team Sledder’s usual crew’s weren’t available so in stepped Super Crew Deb Flannery for her second time on the Mighty Sledder! This was serious racing so Deb had to leave her dinghy hiking habit behind and step out (literally) to the next level, trapezing!

We were greeted with a beautiful sunny day in Brisbane but the winds were looking very light from the North East as the mast’s went up and the colourfull sails were raised. But not to worry, the local’s promised the afternoon sea breeze would be blowing by the time of the first start at 1:30pm.

The 13 Hobie 16’s slowly tacked their way out of the Manly boat harbour (10 tacks on Sledder!) out onto Moreton Bay where we were greeted with a glorious 12-14 knot North Easter. The locals were right! Deb apprehensively hooked onto the trapeze wire and out she went. There was nothing to worry about as Super Crew nailed it!
We were absolutely thrilled to hear the General Recall signal after the first start as ours was horrendous, bogged down in traffic going nowhere!

We had a much better restart, getting right into the mix. Not far into the first windward beat I made a stupid error and dropped the mainsheet which gave Deb and I a dunking as the windward hull dropped into the water. We quickly recovered and tacked with only a few boats still behind us. Not easy to play comeback in a feet with World Champion sailors in it! Luckily our early tack paid off big time as the wind seemed better out on the right side of the course. We pushed hard and fought our was back through the fleet to finish in a very respectable 7th, only a couple of minutes behind first place. I was particulary pleased with Deb’s jib trimming skills down wind and how quickly she picked up trapezing, nearly getting out on the wire as quick as me a number of times!

Race 2 was another screamer with an awesome battle at the start between the hardcore Hobie sailors. We battled our way around the course and only had one minor whoopsy when we tried to cross Hobie legend Rob Branch on port but had to bail into a crash tack at the last minute when we decided we couldn’t cross and we were too close to bear away without ending up pitchpoling! We recovered quickly and set off after Branchy and made good gains on the next downwind leg before fighting back past him on the next windward leg.

This was amazing as throughout this whole windward leg Deb’s trapeze harness was slowly coming apart to the point that with a few hundred metres to go to the windward mark Deb was literally holding herself out on trapeze by her strength alone! If she let go she was in the drink, but Super Crew Deb held on, put the team first and made it to the windward mark! Our tack wasn’t the best and Branchy managed to pass us, but with one downwind leg to the finish team Sledder wasn’t giving up!
We chased hard and made big gains but in the end Branchy’s decades of experience paid off and held us off by 1 second. 1 second! We were still stoked to finish the race in 4th in a very tough fleet.

After both races Team Sledder was 4th overall out of the 13 Hobies. I can’t thank Deb enough for coming up to Brisbane and giving it everything she had, including putting her body on the line! Bring on the State Championships!

Becalmed Conditions at Big River

It was a very quiet day on the Tweed River last Sunday, with no Sailing boats to be seen, as the Tweed Sailing club members travelled south to Harwood on the Clarence river to compete in the Annual “Big River sailing Club” Regatta Race.

Harwood is a great place to sail; the Clarence is nearly a mile wide and is generally very windy. Sailors look forward to this race all year. 75 boats competed from sailing clubs from NSW and Qld.

This year a reduced fleet of 7 boats and 14 crew from the Tweed competed in a light breeze which occasionally died out completely’ leaving the fleet becalmed. It took a lot of patience; the first Tweed boat took 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete the long course.

Camping is always free at Big River

The best overall corrected time performance from the Tweed came from Kate Yeomans in her Laser “Bluey”, getting 21st out of 40 boats in the un-ballasted mono hull division.

First to finish from the Tweed was single hander, Impulse “Itcycoo” (Tim Brown), beating second place Impulse “Rosie” (Adam Hurt) by 2 minutes and Laser “Bluey” (Kate Yeomans) getting home 3rd, 9 minutes back.

You know it’s light, when thirty seconds before the start…everyone’s facing the wrong way!

The main race as usual was amongst the big Three handed Corsairs. In a very surprising result, Corsair “Minnow (Andrew Jaggers, Tara Beth & Bronwyn Yeldham) got home in front of regular adversary “Swell Lady” (Monique Smith, Deb Flannery & Gary McCrohan) by only 3 seconds in an incredibly close finish, while 3rd was “Keen As” (Mark Reynolds & Craig Foley) sailing short-handed due to a lack of crew.

One multihull from Tweed joined the Catamaran race, Dave Chester in Sledder who had a slow and frustrating day and headed back to the camp ground before getting to the top mark.

75 Boats competed in the weekend Regatta.

Next week the club is back on the Tweed, and will hold the final race of the Summer Season. With the expected return of Club Commodore Bill Fenelon in Corsair Minnow, and International champion sailor Matt Andrews in Swell Lady, it promises to be a closely contested event.

Sailing is a great spectator sport. Come down and enjoy a pleasant afternoon by the river on the Fingal Reach and enjoy the race.

Dave, Gary and Monique at Harwood.
Dave, Gary and Monique.

The Tweed sailing Club always welcomes new sailors and experience is not necessary to join the crew on a Corsair. Crew for the rescue boat, or skippers with NSW Boating licenses are also welcome.

Bill Fenelon TVSC Commodore

Fantastic Conditions for 17 Boats on Sunday’s Race

What a fantastic day of racing yesterday! The wind started light at 10 knots, but by the finish, gusts were reaching 20 knots with wind against tide for exciting and wet conditions.

Connor at the helm.

The juniors were out in the morning too.

The juniors setting off in the morning.
Briefing time…
Dave and Isaac
John and Saffron
Lex ahead of Scott and Debbie.

See you all next weekend at Harwood for their weekend Regatta.

Beginners and experienced alike are always welcome.

Tomorrows Race Postponed to Next Sunday

Due to the forecast for tomorrow remaining at over 30 knots, the decision has been taken by the Race committee to cancel tomorrow’s race.

Weather permitting we will be racing next Sunday 3 March instead.

The race will be for the single handers class championships and All Boats Pointscore but as  it will be low tide during the race next Sunday it is probably unsuitable for the NS14 class champ –  open to discussion between the NS14 skippers.

Mark Storrier will be duty officer  – please advise if you can assist: safety boat driver/crew; sign on; timekeeping etc

Chindy Challenge Proves a Challenge

14 boats competed last Sunday the Tweed Valley sailing clubs twice yearly Chinderah Challenge, racing from Fingal Head to Chinderah and return. A strong and gusty Sou-Easterly breeze tested the crews and several boats were capsized.

First finisher today was Adam Hurt and Tom Busbridge sailing Adams new NS14. Things didn’t all go Adams way, as Corsair “Swell Lady” (Monique Smith, Matt Andrews and Deb Flannery) pushed them hard all the way and finished close behind in 2nd place. Third was Laser “Bluey” sailed by Kate yeoman and 4th was Corsair “Minnow” (Bill Fenelon, Igor Prada and Laura Leimua).

It was a very pleasant afternoon on the river, sailing upstream as far as Oxley Cove into the magnificent view of Wollumbin in the distance. Todays race was completed in record time of 1hours and 50 mins, thanks to the tide assisting boats in both directions.

Next week the club takes a break from sailing and the next Race at Fingal will be on the 24th of February.