Zig Zag excels in light conditions

Zig Zag approaches the start in PMYC’s Long River Race.

Zig Zag approaches the start in PMYC’s Long River Race.

Richard Symonds and Ron Dawson's Zig Zag excelled in Sunday's light conditions to take first place on handicap in Port Macquarie Yacht Club's Long River Race.

Six boats lined up off Limeburners Creek and it was Spray that stole the start from 2XS, Raja and Splash.

Zig Zag and High Flyer followed.

2XS extended her lead to complete the first leg to Hibbard well ahead of the fleets other trimaran Bryce Taylor's Raja, with Zig Zag, High Flyer and Splash not far astern while Spray trailed.

The wind remained light and fluky as the fleet negotiated the ferry crossing and set out upstream on the second and longest leg.

Considering the prevailing conditions, race director Gordon Southwell elected to turn at the first port marker past the Maria River junction.

2XS maintained her ascendancy to make the turn ahead of High Flyer, Zig Zag and Splash while Raja and Spray trailed.

It was then a close-hauled return downstream to Hibbard, into the still making tide and freshening ENE breeze.

2XS was quickest over this second leg ahead of  Zig Zag, High Flyer and Splash while Raja trailed ahead of Spray.

Crews were kept busy as the fleet tacked past the sailing club and up to Limeburners Creek to complete the third and final leg.

Again 2XS was fastest with Zig Zag not far behind.  2XS prevailed on elapsed time in each leg and over all.

Raja took out the opening round of the popular Summer Twilight Series over the short river course.


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