Sailors enjoy medium strength breezes

Story by Tim Symons, photos by Alan Davis and Ross Lawley

A good turnout of sailors competed in heat five of Lake Jindabyne Sailing Club’s 2019/20 Twilght series on the evening of Wednesday November 27.

The officer of the day was Kerry McGaw who was assisted on the start boat by Alan Davis and Lynne Burgess. Adam Robinson and Mars manned the rescue boat. The two divisions started in a medium strength Westerly breeze which promised a fast and exciting race

The six catamarans started first from the Club mark start line. Andrew Kennedy on his Hobie 17 made a great start with the fleet all starting on Starboard tack.

He was soon overtaken by the larger two man cats on their way to the Bay Mark. A long shy reach to the far off Mountain Mark followed in an increasing breeze.

The F18s flew their spinnakers while all of the cats zoomed to the Mountain Mark, then back to the Quarry Mark.

The eight boat mono-hull fleet started five minutes after the cats and headed off on their first triangle lap.

The larger boats slipped to the lead and all enjoyed some exciting rides in the medium to strong breeze.

Ian McCluggage capsized his laser radial and was assisted by Adam and Mars on the rescue boat and towed back to the beach.

In the cats’ race, Michael Fearnside and Ross Tattersall on their Hobie Wild Cat F18 battled for the lead with Alistair Cross and Gavin Fuller on their Nacra 5.8. Jason Abbott and Sam Bishop on their Capricorn F18 chased the leading pair while being pursued by the one-man cats of Tim Symons, Andrew Kennedy and Thor Slater.

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