A weekend of giving back
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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 12:05
Written by Nic Douglass
We sailors are a privileged bunch. We enjoy a great sport, surrounded by natural beauty and he to experience some fantastic mateship and hospitality to boot. This weekend TANSW members gave something back.
On Saturday, the now well established training program stopped off at George's River Sailing Club, and over 20 Tasar Association of NSW (TANSW) members got to be coached by professional sailmaker and Hobart winner Shane Guanaria and ex Tasar World Champions Rob and Nicole Douglass.
The format of the day saw Rob and Nic do land demonstrations, and then jump into various Tasars to give "hands on" training, while Shane used his vast sailing and coaching knowledge to structure and deliver the day overall. With the weather playing ball and delivering sunshine and a variety of wind strengths, all learnt a great deal.
Mark & Susan Kelly (Woooo Hoooo!! 2841) are new to the class, and really appreciated the training from the TANSW. "Sue & I would like to say thanks to each of you for organising & running the coaching on Saturday & the previous session at Dobroyd. For new Tasar sailors like us, the training and advice is invaluable & the hands on demonstrations are really effective in showing how we should be doing things.".
On Sunday, Georges River played host to the first Tasar Travellers trophy (TT) of the season, but this was no ordinary TT. The TANSW took the opportunity to support the global Barts Bash fund raising event - set up in memory of Andrew "Bart" Simpson and raising money to help transform the lives of young people, through sailing.
With 17 boats taking part, and a 14 knot Southerly for all to enjoy, the two races were highly competitive and excellent fun. The Wilsons were the superior team on the day, taking both wins. In the first race, Rob and Nic Douglass finished second, with Gary & Robin Ratcliffe in third, and in the second, Pete and Pia Davies took second with Rob and Nic in third.
Listen to a radio interview with Ben Walker, the TANSW Race Secretary about the weekend, and a snippet from the coaching session.
With a busy two weekends of sailing in Sydney now behind us, TANSW members return to their clubs next weekend before the annual Jervis Bay regatta over the bank holiday weekend.
We all hope to see you there!
Jervis Bay Regatta 2014 NOR Jervis Bay Regatta 2014 Entry Form