The Arrow National Championships are being held at Lake Cootharaba. The regatta started today with the invitation race and then will culminate on Wednesday 4th January. The championships will comprise of 8 races over the regatta days.
Our local Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club competitors this year are Cullum Reid (Junior Division - 16 years), Jim Cox, Ian Skyring, Jacqui Dowling (female), Tim Dau.
Frank O’Rourke will be representing N.S.W again this year; he has won the National Championships over 20 times. Darryl Skinner from Queensland has previously won 2 National championships and will be out on the waters of beautiful Lake Cootharaba to give it another go at coming away as champion sailor. With a fresh fleet of sailors free from winners from the last 3 years the title is set to be a very competitive series ready for a new winner. The competitors this year have travelled from S.A, NSW, VIC and Queensland.
Arrows that were designed in the late 1960’s, are now moving with the design times with some boats being made from Fibre glass and carbon fibre/foam combinations. A new more modern main sail design has also been allowed in the championships this year, with 2 competitors trialling it out.
The arrows will be sharing the race course with the Cobra fleet. They will having separate starts sailing around a trapezoid shape course. This will allow for 2 downwind legs and make it easier to run 2 fleets on the same course. Both fleets are hoping for 15-20 knots with steady breezes. This makes the hanging out on the trapeze a big part of the fitness needed by the front pack of leaders.
The smooth waters and the forecast South-easterly breeze should bring smile to many sailors faces over the next few days.
Written by Mia Hacker
Photographs taken by Mark Lowry
Lake Cootharaba, Boreen Point
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