Saturday saw the Nowra Community Sailing Club race heat 2 of the Bomaderry Bowling Club point score and the Kel Campbell Trophy of the Day.
With a number of members away for the weekend there were only three contesting the race this week, Mick Fairbairn in his Finn and Wayne Norris and Steve Phelps in their Spirals. In the lead-up to the race the wind changed from a gusting 20-knot westerly to a strong south-easter with plenty of white caps indicating a potential exciting race.
With these strong winds Steve elected to use his smaller 5.6 sail on the Spiral where Wayne kept his full size sail. However, right before the start of the race, the breeze dropped to about 10kts.
The start was fairly even with all three crossing the line within seconds of each other. From there, Mick in his big Finn steadily drew ahead and continued to increase his lead throughout the race. Wayne opened up a small lead on Steve in the first lap however as the wind continued to drop, Steve, then regretting not doing a last minute change to the larger sail, dropped further behind in the patches of lighter and shifty wind and against a strong incoming current.
That is about as exciting as this particular race got. Gone from a potential medium-strong wind race to a light-moderate and very shifty breeze. Although uneventful with action, Mick sailed well in these conditions to open up a substantial lead and finished well ahead of Wayne who also finished a considerable distance ahead of Steve.
The Bomaderry Bowling Club Point Score, determined on personal handicaps was won by Mick followed by Wayne then Steve. The Kel Campbell Trophy of the day went to a very deserving Mick for his win.
NCSC regularly race on Saturday afternoons during Summer from the reserve next to the non-existing Sailing Club adjacent to the Nowra bridge. We generally meet down there at 1:15pm for a 2:15pm start. New sailors are welcome to join us.