Championship round in Goolwa sailing


The second championship round of the sailing season at Goolwa Aquatic Club on Sunday saw a strong contingent of Sabre class dinghies, with just a lone NS14 completing the senior fleet of nine boats.

It was classic Goolwa weather, with light to moderate south westerly winds frequently fluctuating in direction by thirty degrees or more, rewarding those sailors tuned in to the shifts.

Rob Gale in the square-top sailed Sabre ‘Piccolo’ was first across the line in each of the three senior fleet races; however, on yardstick, races 2 and 3 were won by Peter Leader and John Gratton, respectively, in standard Sabre dinghies.

For the day overall, there was just one point between the three, with Rob Gale winning on count back from Peter Leader, and John Gratton a close third.

there was just one point between the three


Dave Steele secured fourth place narrowly ahead of James Veale (another square-top sail), and Ron Rickards in sixth.

Club President Briony Hirst took to the water in a Sabre, edging out Derek Maxted to take seventh place, two places ahead of husband and daughter David and Evelyn Wilson who finished in ninth place (but stayed upright) in the NS14.

Handicap results are still being finalised, but it appears the top three will remain on the podium, although perhaps in a different order.

The Wilson family was represented in the junior fleet also, with Alex Wilson taking a win in Race 2 in his Opti, while the team of Mitchell Kelsey and Lucas Byrnes won the other two races in their Cadet to take the day on yardstick.

On personal handicap, however, Alex won the day.

Next weekend will see the Goolwa Aquatic Club host a round of the Tasar Association’s Traveller’s series, with an expected strong fleet of the exciting Tasar dinghies racing on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, ahead of the third championship round on Sunday afternoon.


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