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Commodore resigns ahead of race

Big job: Coffs Harbour Yacht Club Commodore Garry Innes.
Big job: Coffs Harbour Yacht Club Commodore Garry Innes. Trevor Veale

WEEKS out from its biggest event of the year, Coffs Harbour Yacht Club has made a major administrative change.

Long-term commodore Darren Digney has decided to resign from his position and board member Garry Innes has been catapulted into the job.

“The club has been saddened by his decision and personal reasons have been cited as the cause,” Innes revealed.

“Darren’s business (North Coast Engines) is an enormous success and we’ve often wondered how he manages to find the time to contribute so much.

“He has been the instigator of many recent renovations at the club over the past 12 months and Darren’s knowledge and leadership will be sadly missed by all.

“However, he is still a sailing member and the yacht Silver Mist will be a part of racing for many years to come.”

With the 30th Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race rapidly approaching, the locals have sailed the final Bellbowrie Motors-Audi Twilight Series event for 2010.

A fleet of 10 yachts full of eager sailors faced the starter for what became a race of differing wind strengths and directions.

The fleet left the harbour with the wind behind them and it was a very different line-up of boats to what normally evolves at the pointy end.

Garry Innes on Renee took an outside line and passed B52, Booze Bus and Our Nirvana which ultimately determined the results of the evening’s racing.

Renee was able to catch Andrew Johnson on Overdrive at the first mark.

Innes called right-of-way and passed, only to see Overdrive outpoint its rival to the next mark.

However, the big surprise of the race saw Our Nirvana, skippered by Peter Orr, roll B52 for line honours.

The Orr crew, Peter and Kathy, have just traded into a larger boat from Slippery When Wet into this Jenneau Sunfast 43-footer and from this result rival boats will be seeing a lot more of her disappearing rudder when racing resumes next year.