20 March 2006
Garry Starr takes out sailing title at Carcoar
Unfortunately the Carcoar Dam Sailing Club annual regatta was cancelled due to low water levels for the second year, however the die-hards decided that a last run around the buoys was required to end the season.
A fresh Nor-Easter provided some exiting sailing when Sailability members participated in the Club's weekend championship; the foreshore was a hive of activity as sailors prepared their boats and familiarized themselves with the course. In both races all sailors showed a keen competitive edge which kept those officiating on their toes and gave spectators very colourful entertainment. In the Access Dinghy division Garry Starr sailing an Access 2.3 finished first overall followed by Peter Worsley, Michael Wren and Neil Moon; while in the Access 303 class Tom and Katrina Glumelli (assisted by Ben Hone) finished first overall followed by Alan Glumelli.
Final positions for sailability racers:
1st Tom/Katrina Glumelli (assisted by Ben Hone)
2nd Alan Glumelli
1st Garry Starr
2nd Peter Worsley
3rd Michael Wren
4th Neil Moon
Officer-of-the-Day, Rosemary Body set a quite demanding course for both the larger cats and mono hulls while the Access boats sailed a slightly shorter course. All did not go to plan in race one of the club boats with Lasers being caught in the puffy conditions and submitting the skippers to an early swim. Bathurst sailor, Mal Kiely sailing his Solo, was delighted with the conditions planning down each run while staying dry. Parkes cat sailor, Jim Nutley showed the way around the course again closely followed by Dick Benson, back from his African safari. Mark Fletcher had a handy lead until he decided to go the wrong way and subsequently capsized allowing Marcia Lac to take first place.
Race two in the afternoon probably saw the best start for the season with all boats on the line for the starters signal, and two "older hands" trying their luck with a port tack start. Hank Runeman came out of retirement after three years and showed that he has not forgotten how to sail a Laser, finishing (unlike some) dry. Greg ("wrongway") Unwin lead race two up to the finish line only to be pipped on the post by the ever consistent Marcia Lac. Many thanks to the shore volunteers and race officials whose combined efforts made it a day of great enjoyment and success.
Championship results for the year seem to favour Dick Benson in the cats and Marcia (again) Lac in the monohulls. Well done to both and we wait to see how water levels affect next season's sailing.