Wild westerly keeps Big River sailors honest

Having enjoyed weeks of near perfect weather, sailors at the Big River Sailing Club had to contend with a remnant westerly last Saturday. With gusts to 20 knots and white caps aplenty, some would be participants decided staying ashore was a better option, others retired early, and only a handful of boats completed the one race for the day.

There is nothing like a windsurfer to tame the wild westerlies however, and Neil Hayes did just that, leaving his monohull rivals in his wake as he claimed a comprehensive win, both over the line and on handicap. Four Lasers also managed to complete the course, albeit at times out of control, with Wayne Culph heading that group which included Mark Mulligan, James Harrison and Emma Robertson. As the sole junior to complete the race, Emma’s stoic efforts were applauded by all and prominent in the post-race discussions. Club newcomer Paul Fenwick also did well to negotiate the conditions in his recently acquired Sabre dinghy.

Next Saturday the Club will host the second round of its Club Championship Series, with a briefing at 1pm before a scheduled start at 1.30pm.


Div 2: N Hayes, W Culph, M Mulligan; Div 3: E Roberston.

Wayne Culph