The Weta (trimaran) class continues to grow at BRSC. Image: contributed.

Big River Sailing Club holds first races for 2021

A timely break in the wet weather and a moderate southerly breeze allowed the Big River Sailing Club to hold its first races for 2021 last Saturday.

A good turnout of 15 boats contested the two-race program, including new member Craig Rutledge, who brings another Weta to a growing class. Craig will join existing Weta sailors Andy Davies, Bob Eggins, and Nathan Stanton, the latter two having recently competed at the inaugural Weta National Championships at Lake Cootharaba on the Sunshine Coast.

In other class news, the Impulse dinghy continues to gain traction with Scooter Hinton this week putting his new boat to the test. Teaming up with other Impulse sailor Jim O’Keeffe, the pair put in a dominant performance to secure two wins from as many races.

For the once dominant Laser and other single-handed classes, the growing Impulse fleet has an ominous feel to it, and more so with Brian Wright, Gus Young and James Harrison adding to the ranks in the coming months.

Next week the Club will host further heats of the Handicap Series with the first race starting at 1.30pm. Visiting sailors are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Race1: Div 1 – B Linnett, R Chalmers; Div 2 – J OKeeffe, S Hinton, H Woodrow; Div 3 – E Robertson.
Race 2: Div 1 – R Chalmers, B Linnett, C Rutledge; Div 2 – S Hinton, H Woodrow, J Harrison; Div 3 – E Roberston.

Wayne Culph