Weta sailors Nathan Stanton and Bob Eggins. Image: contributed

Big River Sailing Club resumes after Christmas break

The second half of the sailing season will resume this Saturday January 9 when the Big River Sailing Club hosts the first races of its Handicap Series for 2021.

After a busy first half, the Club anticipates the strong interest in sailing to continue into the new year. Whilst overall numbers look set to grow, the fleet mix is also likely to change as new boats arrive and others venture into different classes. In particular, the Impulse class continues to gain momentum, with Scooter, Gus Young and James Harrison entering the class to compete alongside existing sailors Jim O’Keeffe and Brian Wright. With the Annual Regatta scheduled for the first weekend in March, the local fleet should be, by that time, well-practiced and keen to do well.

In other class news, Bob Eggins and Nathan Stanton competed in the recent inaugural Weta (trimaran) National Championships held at Lake Cootharaba on the Sunshine Coast. Nathan finished third on handicap and both sailors gained valuable experience amongst strong competition. The Weta class is growing in popularity, with the local fleet now at four and the regattas attracting increased interest from visiting boats.

With the resumption of activities, the Club will also resume its ‘learn to sail program’, commencing at 10am on Saturday. The first race will start at 1.30pm.

Wayne Culph