Wayne’s Spiral dinghy wins the Nowra tussle

LAST Saturday saw excellent conditions for the running of Nowra Sailing Club’s Bomaderry Bowling Club Point Score and Manildra Club Championship.  

Two visitors from Callala Bay somewhat made up for the absence of some of our members due to the holidays.

The start at 2.15pm was very closely contested with Merve Lotze (Dynamite) just ahead of his brother Nev’s beautifully built timber Impulse dinghy (The Boss), with Michael Fairbairn (G.O.F.) a few centimetres back and only just ahead of Bill Jauncey (Twist ‘n’ Shout) and Wayne Norris (Never Satisfied).  

In the freshening wind and with a full tide, Michael’s Finn began to open up his expected lead on the fleet while Wayne’s Spiral dinghy achieved a modest lead on the other two Spirals and the Impulse.

At the end of the first lap Michael had a handy lead on Wayne, followed by Merve, Nev and Bill who arrived at the bottom mark together for the gybe with Merve clearing the mark about a metre ahead of Nev and Bill was just behind.  

As the second lap work developed, Nev managed to get ahead of Wayne who in turn opened a good margin on Bill who continued to tussle with Merve.  For the rest of the race Wayne fought for second place with Nev, while Bill opened a slight lead on Merve, which he almost closed near the end of the race.

Results for the Manildra Championship were calculated based on the boats class yardstick and saw a good win to Wayne by 55 seconds from Bill with Merve another 24 seconds back, and Michael 20 seconds after Merve.  

Nev, who is still tuning the new boat, rounded out the championship about a minute back from Michael.  

The Bomaderry Bowling Club Point Score results are calculated on each sailor’s handicap, which is adjusted each week to a formula based on the previous weeks results.  

Wayne again won from Michael by 24 seconds, with Bill five seconds after Michael for third.  

Merve was 50 seconds back for forth, and Nev came fifth.  The double win gave Wayne the Kel Campbell Trophy of the Day.  

On Saturday, January 11 the club races for Bomaderry Bowling Club Point Score 11 and the Kel Campbell Trophy of the Day, with the start at 2.15pm.  

Visitors are welcome for details visit the website ww.nowrasailingclub.wordpress.com. 

A reminder to sailors that February 9, is the annual South Coast Sails Marathon to Shoalhaven Heads and back with a start from 10.45am and the round Pig Island race is on Saturday, February 8.  

The Marathon is the last heat in the inter club G.O.F. Trophy, which is in memory of the clubs esteemed friend and stalwart Ray Fairbairn.


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