Last Saturday Nowra Community Sailing Club competed for heat five of the Kel Campbell Point Score and heat four of the Bomaderry Bowling Club Championship in a very shifty and varying strength breeze from the south-east to north-east of two to eight knots.
Michael Fairbairn won the start from Bill Jauncey, Wayne Norris and Steve Phelps, but Bill had picked the wrong side of the river for his start and by the top mark was running last behind Michael's fast moving Finn class dinghy, and the two other Spirals.
During the second lap Steve decided to do the run to the bottom mark on the northern side of the river, a tactic that paid big time for him a couple of weeks ago, but this time it cost him dearly and put him well behind Wayne and Bill.
By the end of the next lap Bill had passed Wayne while Michael had almost a leg on the Spirals. For the remainder of the race Bill managed to keep his lead over Wayne but in the last lap Steve had a blinder and almost caught Wayne on the final leg to the finish.
With the clouds darkening with the possibility of lightning, and the breeze starting to die, the race was finished early.
Our wonderful starting and finishing crew did a great job of recording times after each lap so if we had to abandon due to lightning we would still have a result. Thank you Gwenda and Julie for your great work every Saturday.
The Bomaderry Bowling Club Championship is decided on yardstick and was just won by Michael by nine seconds from Bill with Wayne less than a minute back in third and the fast finishing Steve only 19 seconds behind Wayne. Michael is starting to make a habit of winning the Championship heats!
The Kel Campbell Point Score was won by almost a minute by Steve from Bill. Wayne managed third and Michael fourth. Steve should celebrate this win because it cost him three minutes of his handicap so he will have his work cut out for Point Score heat this Saturday.
This week is our South Coast Festival of Sails with the round Pig Island race on Saturday which incorporates heat six of the Kel Campbell Point Score, and the Marathon to Shoalhaven Heads on the Sunday starting at 10.45.
This week is our South Coast Festival of Sails with the round Pig Island race on Saturday and the Marathon on the Sunday.
This event is the final heat of the inter club trophy in memory of much missed Ray Fairbairn, and heat six of the Spiral State Traveller's Trophy which will attract the local Spirals as well as sailors from clubs in Sydney and regional areas. It should be a great weekend.