Despite the chilly, overcast conditions that greeted skippers and crews on day 1 of the
Learmonth's FoodWorks Bundaberg Intercity Regatta a large turnout of sailors took to the water for what turned out to be a great weekend of racing at the Bundaberg Sailing Club.
A mixed fleet of 18 of the states top catamarans and crews faced the starter for Saturday's first race. Race1, day1 saw skippers and crews with local, state, national and international experience at the start line ready to do battle sailing Nacra's, Taipans, Arrows, Hobies and Windrush.
Although not having the same fleet numbers as the Catamaran class the Dinghy and Trailer Sailor classes also made the most of the excellent wind and water conditions experienced during the 2 day event.
While the chilly 12-15 kn SW winds that prevailed over the weekend made keeping warm a
challenge it also provided skippers and crews with near perfect sailing conditions both in the river and offshore. Only 4 crews were ''caught out'' over the weekend and capsized. Saturday's overcast skies cleared overnight and Sunday saw both crews and spectators enjoying a clear sunny day.
International sailors A. Fawcett and J. Dobie from Brisbane put on a spectacular display of speed sailing on their new F16 Viper class boat to lead the Cat fleet home on both days and finished 2nd overall.
Qld and Australian Nacra 5.8 champions Bruce Potter and Mathew Caldwell from Bundaberg, while pushed all the way in the 5.8 division, again rose to the challenge and were successful in the 4 race series with another local 5.8 sailor, Brad Kroning finishing 4th.
In the 2 race Trailer Sailer division the ongoing battle between the clubs Commodore Derek Foley (Ross780) and Rod Daley (Elliott 6.50) continued with Rod and his crew prevailing on this occasion. The dominance of Rod and Derek in the Trailer Sailer class looks set be challenged
in the near future with Bill Koorneef and Warwick Maudsley tuning up their new boats.
The 4 race All Boats division was won by the much travelled husband and wife team of Michael and Gail Bayer from Bundaberg sailing a Tasar (AUS 2870). Minor placings also went to local sailors Richard Stainton (Laser) and Rick Haywood (Tasar).
The Learmonths FoodWorks Bundaberg Intercity Regatta bought to a close the 2011/12
summer sailing program and Bundaberg Sailing Club will now have a short break until the commencement of the Winter series which will be held on the 7th,14th,21st and 28th of July
Learn to Sail information and Regatta results available at the BSC web site.