Wild sailing on Lake Jindabyne

LAKE Jindabyne Sailing Club recommenced the 2012/13 Twilight series on the evening of Wednesday January 23 after the Christmas and New Year break. Three Hobie 17 catamarans and six mono-hulls turned up to race in heart nine of the series. The strong 15 to 18 knot north easterly breeze filled the sailors with excitement and apprehension.

Gote Vikstrom and Tom manned the start boat and sent the fleet off in an anti-clockwise direction towards the Quarry mark. Nick Kennedy led the cats while Phil Daley and Nick Kirshner took up their usual position at the front of the mono-hull fleet.

All the boats zoomed around the course while the sailors worked hard to keep them upright. Some of the lasers capsized in the strong breeze, but all were righted and kept sailing.

The wind created large one to two foot waves rolling across the lake that made interesting sailing for all especially the cats who sailed out to the far away Mountain mark.

Nick Kennedy broke his tiller extension on the first lap, but decided to keep sailing. This did allow Tim Symons and Barry Dennis to catch up. Tim snuck past into the lead. Steve Osborne led the lasers trying to catch Phil on the Flying Fifteen.

Everyone had plenty of wild rides in the wind and waves.

The boats all completed a full five lap course for the first time in this series. Nick Kennedy eventually retired from the race with a disconnected boom. Tim led Barry home in the cats.

Phil kept a large enough lead to with the mono-hull division by 33 seconds from Steve Osborne. They were followed by Kerry McGaw, Ross Lawley on his OK Dinghy, Ross Tattersall and Alex who didn't complete the race.

There were plenty of stories to share and sore muscles at the after race barbecue. All the sailors had a great time sailing the unusually windy race.

There's still plenty of races left on Lake Jindabyne, so get that boat out of the shed and join in the fun.

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