Port Macquarie Sailing Club holds its second race of the spring series

Sailing away: Norman Broomhall and David Cox in John Haldane were the first in the monohulls in the first club championship race.
Sailing away: Norman Broomhall and David Cox in John Haldane were the first in the monohulls in the first club championship race.

Port Macquarie Sailing Club held its first double-header of the season on Sunday with a delayed and shortened morning.

Race two of the Spring series was completed in the last puffs of the morning’s westerly breeze.

It was followed by a period of time waiting for a light easterly to arrive which allowed the race to finish in the last of the run-in tide.

After the barbecue lunch, the afternoon’s first club championship race was sailed in a light easterly with a strengthening run-out tide.

In the morning race, Frank O’Rourke on Dino and Rob Barwick on Drift were the only two catamarans to venture out.

After breaking the start and having to go back and re-start, Dino managed to find the puffs enough to finish ahead of Drift on Yardstick by nine seconds.

Terry Howard on Ratz gave a great demonstration of light weather sailing to take first place in the monohull division in the morning race.

Then came Simon Gandy and Sharon Carney in Voyager. Norman Broomhall and David Cox in John Haldane pulled out when the wind died.

Dino won the afternoon’s club championship race for catamarans by a long way, ahead of Tony Kuhn on Stella who recovered well after re-rounding a mark the rounded the wrong way to still beat Drift on yardstick.

The monohull division was won on yardstick by the lovely looking traditional Scandinavian design by John Haldane which has been fitted with a sloop rig.

They were followed by Ratz, Voyager (now with Jane Cooper on the helm), and Lowboys 2.

Next Sunday is race three of the Spring Series starting at 1pm and Frank O’Rourke is rostered on duty.