ABOVE: Brad Kroning and Josh Petersen aboard Phantom Menace in the first championship race of the Bundaberg Sailing Club’s new season. INSET: Michael and Gale Bayer finished first in the All Boats class.
ABOVE: Brad Kroning and Josh Petersen aboard Phantom Menace in the first championship race of the Bundaberg Sailing Club’s new season. INSET: Michael and Gale Bayer finished first in the All Boats class. Contributed

Bundaberg Sailing Club come back from flood havoc

IT'S been far from smooth sailing for the Bundaberg Sailing Club after January floods wreaked havoc on the club's infrastructure.

The club's pontoon and walkway were severely damaged but probably the biggest blow came when the bottom two-thirds of the boat ramp was washed away.

But sailors are a hardy lot and the racing has been fierce this season with some amazingly close finishes being recorded after the club successfully completed its first series of racing for the summer season last weekend.

Club commodore Derek Foley said last Saturday was the first championship race and the last race in the Greg Whalley Dental series.

"Junior sailor Trent Potter, aboard his brand new Nacra 350 catamaran Jackpot, gave the more experienced campaigners a headache in the All Boats class but had to settle for second place behind Michael and Gail Bayer," he said.

"Richard Stainton finished third with less than three minutes separating the top three after 90 minutes of racing.

"David Vockler, on Silent Running, carried his good form from last season to record an easy win in the trailer sailers."

Matthew Caldwell and Bruce Potter, on Venom, scored a good win in the catamarans with the other Nacra 5.8, Phantom Menace piloted by Brad Kroning and Josh Petersen, crossing four minutes in arrears.

Sailors will turn their attention to the first races of the Tudor Insurance series with two races scheduled for the off-the-beach boats and a 1pm start for the trailer sailers today.

The catamarans will travel to Lake Cootharaba for the annual Cat Challenge.

Matt Caldwell and Bruce Potter in Division 1 will be hard to beat as will Jared Potter and Brian Bedford in Division 3. Bruce Woodward has also shown good form.



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