Harsh sailing for the final race of Spring in Goolwa

Friday evening was the last yacht race for spring this year and was sponsored by SPI Flooring, at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club and the fleet enjoyed a light breeze that varied in strength and direction allowing for changes in positions on most legs of the course.

Close race: Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club's last race of spring was a close and very competitive race. Photo: Supplied.

Close race: Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club's last race of spring was a close and very competitive race. Photo: Supplied.

Uncle Rick put the course as two laps of the pond in front of the clubhouse and a hook finish from Barrage Rd Marina to the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club finish line.

A good crowd of spectators watched from the cliffs at Kingdom Place and some words of encouragement were heard from that gathering, at one point there was a continual line of yachts on every leg of the course.

Sailing fast

Sailing fast

In the first start Dolphin skippered by Chris Reiffel cleared out from the rest of the fleet and lead around every mark, behind him there was a tussle for the minor placings with Bright’n, Nerana and Endeavour having a few love taps and cuddles at each rounding buoy and they finished in that order.

Once the handicaps were applied it was Ellen, Trevor Baldock who won and picked up the bottle of wine supplied by the SPI Flooring.

The Division 2 yachts had a very close start, as can be seen on the photo above with Encore and The Shed once again right on the line at the start boat together and stayed very close the whole race.

At the end of the race the Shed was finally the first over the line by 18 seconds, on the results sheet it was Encore, Don Richardson 1st –The Shed, Peter Nielson 2nd and this week Brendon Murray found the go fast pedal on Bacchus and pulled up 3rd.

Yachts with spinnakers had a big night out with the faster boats clearing out on the rest of the field and also cleaning up in the results where there was an average of four minutes between each finisher.

Line honours went to Bohica, Todd Bartlett but not by enough time to stop Sea Bomb, Harry Cooper from taking out 1st on corrected time and Hammer, Malcolm Doley was 3rd.

Of note this week was Equinox’s new monster headsail, worth as much as the current national debt, but worth every penny according to owner Murray Symonds.

Two a class cats had a run around the course with Sam Dodd from Meningie being first and fastest beating Mick, The Fat Controller by less than 40 seconds.

Presentations were held outside on the Thornquest Deck with Steve and Deb Pipe of SPI Flooring awarding each division winner a bottle of wine and club glasses.

The evening at The Galley was, as usual fantastic with Angie and her team producing awesome meals with great service