Bow to stern finish

It was a close finish for the Port of Yamba Yacht Club fleet in what was a beautiful afternoon of sailing on the river and the fleet of seven yachts had a staggered start.
‘Pacioli’ was first, skipper Victor Holmes and his crew moved steadily through the fleet to cross the finish line off Moriarty’s Beach. Dennis Blackburn in ‘Pintado’ had a good lead all the way and was caught by Pacioli just before the line, followed closely by ‘Sure Thing’ skippered by Stuart Hancock. Not far behind were ‘Another Dimension’, ‘Taken It Easy’, ‘Circe’ and ‘Welsh Dragon’.
Everyone enjoyed the light breeze with 10 to 13 knots in a few gusts. It was a tussle for most boats as they all jostled for position. There were only minutes and in some cases seconds between them at the finish, which is a sign of a well-handicapped race.
The club has been running since the 90’s and has over 45 members. At present 15 boats of all size and shapes compete in club races. New boats are welcome.
If you are keen to try sailing for the first time come along as crew. Sailing is fun and a great way to unwind. Our club has a plenty of local yachtsmen and women willing to assist newcomers. Contact Graeme Fleming on 0414 281 699 for information.

Kylie Keleher

‘Pacioli’ was first, skipper Victor Holmes and his crew Andrew Soesan, Warren Gibson, Richard, Jarrod Kluivers. Jeremy Hare and Jeffrey Holmes racing crew not in photo. Image: contributed.