All smiles after their tussle on the water last Sunday are Noel Owen and Paula Horton, who staged a ding-dong battle to the line, finishing first and second in their class. M604716

All smiles after their tussle on the water last Sunday are Noel Owen and Paula Horton, who staged a ding-dong battle to the line, finishing first and second in their class. M604716

Craig Stewart was on timing and spotting duties in the tower at the South Gippsland Yacht Club last Sunday, ringing the bell as each yacht crossed the line. M614716

Craig Stewart was on timing and spotting duties in the tower at the South Gippsland Yacht Club last Sunday, ringing the bell as each yacht crossed the line. M614716

Peter Kylie and Steve Horton traded places at the front of the field in their catamarans before Peter claimed line honours in racing on Anderson Inlet for the South Gippsland Yacht Club last Sunday. M624716

Peter Kylie and Steve Horton traded places at the front of the field in their catamarans before Peter claimed line honours in racing on Anderson Inlet for the South Gippsland Yacht Club last Sunday. M624716

THERE have been a few dabbles and a few false starts, which is only natural for spring, but last Sunday, the South Gippsland Yacht Club finally got their season off to a competitive start in great conditions.
The wind was ideal, the weather warm and the water flat but with an out-going tide starting to run swiftly down Anderson Inlet, there was a lot for sailors to consider as they manoeuvred their way around the course.
They rushed quickly back through the inlet, on a close reach, with the current in their favour and then battled hard up into the current when running with the wind.
It was all very confusing but the better sailors came to the top with Peter Kylie leading the fast cats in and the wily veteran Noel Owen getting the better of his rivals in the mono-hulls.
Some new and young members also tried their hand and it was smiles all around after the best day of sailing for the season so far.