Digney retires as commodore

ON a sad note Coffs Harbour Yacht Club's current commodore Darren Digney is stepping down after three years at the helm.

I know that I can speak for all the active sailing members in saying thank you for all the enthusiasm and hard work shown in keeping the club's offshore sailing running smoothly while on your watch.

Last week ten yachts greeted the starter's gun for Round 8 of the yacht club's twilight competition in what could only be described as wet and wild weather.

Captain Cook himself would have been proud of the way the skippers handled their boats in the conditions on the night.

A handicap start was the order of the day with all boats getting away at staggered intervals, once again there was a lot going on up front with, Nina, Rene and Silver Mist all having a great night.

The crew work on Andrew Johnston's yacht Overdrive is coming together after the fore deck duo took from Maculey's buoy to Park Beach buoy just to set the spinnaker pole, and on the final reach around Muttonbird Island the sheet hand almost went over the side after a large wave slapped the side of the hull hard, spilling blood on the fore deck and cockpit. Who said offshore racing wasn't fun?

Stand outs on the night was Nina who kept it altogether right the way around and B52 who came home strongly, after surfing some nice waves into the harbour, it looks like the handicapper may have got it right with the first eight yachts finishing within five minutes of each other.

A special thanks to offshore captain Peter Orr and race officials Bronco, Val and Kathy for getting everyone away on time.


Results for Thursday, November 27

1. Nina (skippered by Mitch)

2. Silver Mist (skippered Darren Digney)

3. B52 (skippered by Matt)

4. Jura (skippered by Peter)

5. Booze Bus (skippered by Tony Hayes)

6. Slippery when Wet (skippered by Peter Orr)

7. René (skippered by Gary Innes)

8. Overdrive (skippered Andrew Johnston)

9. The Exporter (skippered by Jeff Leonard)

10. Hot August Night (skippered by Mal & Frank)

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