Sailors gear up for Nacra

THE NACRA National Championships are headed to Hervey Bay and more than 60 sailors will compete over five categories during the week-long event.

The categories include F18s, Nacra 5.8s, Nacra 5.0s, Nacra 16sq and Nacra 4.5s.

Sailing will kick off on Saturday and several Hervey Bay sailors will take part.

Hervey Bay sailor Paul Neeskens will compete against his wife Claire in the Nacra 5.0s.

Claire Cassell, also from Hervey Bay, will also be competing.

This year will be the 31st year the national titles have been held and the first time they have been held in the Bay since 2004.

Neeskens said it was exciting to have the titles back in the Bay.

“We’re all looking forward to some great racing over the course of the week.”

The Nacra 16sq is likely to be the biggest class and Bundaberg sailor Matthew Caldwell is likely to one of the big contenders in that event.

Fellow Bundaberg sailor Brendan Whalley will give him some strong competition in that class.

“They are the two to beat,” Neeskens said.



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