THE South Gippsland Yacht Club’s annual race to the mouth of the Tarwin River was held on Sunday and was blessed with favourable winds allowing the faster boats to complete the return trip in just under two hours.
Sailors never know what to expect when venturing to the unfamiliar waters in the upper reaches of Anderson Inlet.
Passing through large expanses of sailable water on the way, the channels become shallower and harder to find in the muddy waters of the top end and hitting bottom with rudder and centreboard is inevitable.
Some of the less swift craft such as the Sabres and a couple of the windsurfers encountered the peak of the incoming tide on the homeward leg, adding a further obstacle to their already arduous journey and extending their race time to over four hours. Sailors and support crew alike, were cold and hungry by the time the last craft crossed the line.
For the second year the yacht club was joined by members of the Inverloch Windsurfing Club in a combined event. Windsurfers aren’t really suited to following a specific course as they don’t beat into the wind very well but there were some commendable results among the leaders in this class.
There was hot competition among the yachts and in a rare occurrence this season, both of the Kiely brothers just missed taking out their respective divisions.
After two hours of close racing, Toby Leppin managed to hold off Matt Kiely by two minutes in the monohull division and younger brother Pete was pipped by less than a minute by Rob McNair in the catamarans.
On corrected time, overall results of the Broadbeach Tarwin River Marathon see Toby Leppin’s name on the perpetual trophy, Matt Kiely second and Rob McNair third. In the windsurfers, Dan Poynton was first with Rob Kenyon second.