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Saturday 6th September is the start of our 2014/2015 sailing season - the 20th anniversary of the club racing here at Chipping Norton Lake.

All are welcome to come along to compete in our weekly races or to learn to sail with our experienced instructors over a 6 week period. Just contact the club through the website or drop by any Saturday afternoon and say hello!

Liverpool Cup

Saturday saw the running of the Liverpool Cup, we had a good field of 13 compete for the silverware.

Although earlier it looked like there wasn't going to be much breeze we ended having a stiff nor-easter blowing, and gusting enough to see me in the water more then I wanted!!

The racing was broken into 2 short races sailed back to back, NS14s and Lasers did 3 laps and the Pacers/Open boats did 2 laps each race. The cup was decided on the combined handicap results for both races.

In both races there were some good performers but it was the old fox Max Hubbard on 'I'll Be Blowed' who managed to win the handicap for both races to safely secure the cup this year, second place went to Brett & Cassie in a pacer (a 2nd  & 6th) and third went to David & Cathy sailing 'Rhapsody' (4th place in both races).

Race 21 22 February

We had a good field of 12 including 4 Lasers for Saturday's race. I had a cracker start to lead the field at both the first and second marks - it started to unravel from there with Justin then Jim getting passed me to fight out the lead, for 2 laps I held Max Clinch out but once he was in front he just drew away to a sizable lead. That left Dave & Cathy on Stealth to just about catch me in the last leg - somehow I managed to get across the line just 6 seconds in front.

In the end Jim got Hey Jude first home and actually took the trifecta of scratch, yardstick and handicap wins. Justin brought Casper home 2 minutes later and 3 minutes ahead of Max Clinch on Poseidens Revenge. Ian & Daniel finished next in the first Pacer, and just 3 seconds ahead of Roelof on Amelia Sunday. Then I was next home a minutes later just ahead of Dave & Cathy. Annette had a good day on Set To Stun finishing 3 minutes later with Dave Humble on Bumble Bee only 20 seconds later. Peter came home with the only single hander Pacer, leaving Max on I'll Be Blowed to be the last home.

NS14 Single Hander Championship 15/16 Feb

The club hosted the 2014 NSW NS14 Single Hander Championship on the weekend 15/16th February with 10 boats from across Sydney competing.

The weather was not the best on Saturday with fairly light winds and the odd shower. Due to the flukey conditions there were a number of leaders at various times, however in both races held on Saturday local sailor David Cox managed to lead when it mattered taking both wins.

Sunday was forecast to have better winds - however the predictions were a little off with no wind at all till a southerly change around 1:30 - this meant it was windy and wet for a good race start and it looked like a great finish to the weekend. However again the wind died off after only 2 laps being completed and the fleet limped around for a further 2 laps to complete the race and enable a result for the championship. Again it was David Cox who found every puff of breeze to finish well in front of the fleet and make a clean sweep of the Championship.

Final results were:

Scratch 1st David Cox (CNLSC), 2nd Russell Moore (CNLSC)

Handicap 1st Justin Wright (CNLSC), 2nd Alex Chittenden (NSC)

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks for all competitors who made this a successful event - let's hope we can conjure up some more breeze for next years event.

Race 20 8 February

A great afternoon for sailing with a good nor easterly blowing and a lineup of 13 boats starting.

Peter & Cathy immediately had Hex off to a good start and spent the entire race out front, however there was some spirited racing behind with Russell, David & Jim. Max Clinch on Poseidon’s Revenge and Adam on Bondi Tram were evenly matched and Rod & Max Hubbard were also having their normal close fight.

The pacers were represented with Brett & Cassie chasing down Max, whilst behind Ian and Peter King were having a close race in the single handed Pacers. Roelof had a couple of spills in the Spiral and fell well behind.

It was a day of taking a swim, with Justin & Annette starting things off in the second lap - they retired soon after with gear failure and then Jim capsized near the point (Dave & I jinxed him by saying you never see Jim tip it!). Both Max and Adam who were quite close abandoned boats to assist Jim back aboard - very much above and beyond boys.

To complete the day David had managed to get in front of Russell and looked to have an unassailable lead - till 100m from the finish on his last tack he just went straight over the side of the boat gifting second place to Russell!! I doubt there will be a repeat next week with the NS14 Single Hander Championship!