Shane Russell competes at the Nacra National Titles in his Nacra 5.8, nicknamed Midlife Crisis.
Shane Russell competes at the Nacra National Titles in his Nacra 5.8, nicknamed Midlife Crisis.

National titles heat up

SAILING: Erratic conditions took their toll on some of the nation’s best sailors in the Nacra National Titles yesterday.

The favourite in the F18 division, Neville Thompson had his worst result of the titles yesterday when he came fifth.

Bundaberg sailor Mathew Caldwell also faced some challenges in the Nacra 16sq division, being disqualified in race eight for being over the line at the start of the race.

Geoff Horsley was one performer that did well despite the challenging conditions as he maintained his undefeated run. He took first place in all three races in the Nacra 4.5 division yesterday.

In the Nacra 5.0 division the honours were split with Hervey Bay sailor Clare Neeskens coming first in one of the races and Steve Curtis from the Gold Goast coming first in another.

In the Nacra 5.8 division Grant Rogers had his first win of the series and leads the division by a small margin.

Hervey Bay sailor Paul Neeskens described the conditions as “excellent” overall, despite the variations.

The sailors competed in a light to moderate south-easterly wind but the tricky wind shifts meant tactics were more important than the speed of the boats and made racing difficult at times.

Four races remain in the series, with two to be completed tomorrow.

Racing will start from 1pm today while tomorrow racing will start from 10.30am at Hervey Bay Sailing Club at Torquay.



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