Clare Neeskens and daughter Connie sail in the Nacra National Titles in their Nacra 5.0 nicknamed Ruby.
Clare Neeskens and daughter Connie sail in the Nacra National Titles in their Nacra 5.0 nicknamed Ruby.

Connie's first-mate for her mum

SAILING: Connie  Neeskens has spent the week on the water with her mum, Clare – but it’s definitely not the first time the 21-year-old has been her mum’s first-mate.

The two are competing in the Nacra National Titles this week.

They are competing in their Nacra 5.0, nicknamed Ruby, and they have been having a ball – and recording some pretty impressive results, coming first in two races on Wednesday.

“They’re pretty pleased with themselves,” Paul said.

Clare is from Hervey Bay and is a keen sailor.

Her husband Paul and son Peter love the sport too and it is something the family has done together for many years.

Connie lives in Townsville and is going to university where she is studying physiotherapy but she still loves to get out on the water when she can.

She sailed in the Nacra National Titles two years ago and is excited to be back in Hervey Bay and sailing with her mum.

Peter was going to sail this week too but an accident three days before the event started meant he would have to sit this one out.

“He dislocated his knee,” Paul said.

Clare has competed in A class competitions and takes part in events throughout Australia.

Paul is proud of both wife and daughter and says they are both very talented at the sport.

“They’re enjoying their sailing,” he said.

The national titles continued yesterday but the wet weather caused a few hold ups for the sailors.

The event is being held across five divisions, including the Nacra 16sq division, Nacra 4.5, Nacra 5.0, Nacra 5.8 and the F18 division.

The titles will reach their conclusion today. Two races remain to be completed before the winner of each division is announced.

Racing will start from 10.30am at Hervey Bay Sailing Club at Torquay.



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