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Conditions were hot and foreboding as Nowra Community Sailing Club prepared to run heat seven of the Kel Campbell Point Score and heat five of the Bomaderry Bowling Club Championship last Saturday afternoon. Various other commitments so close to Christmas reduced the fleet, but at the start Wayne Norris, Merve Lotze and Bill Jauncey spread right across the starting line with Wayne winning the start from Bill and Merve. The work to the top mark in light breeze tested competitors with major shifts (changes in wind direction,) and it was Wayne who was in front at the start of the second lap from Bill and Merve. Bill, anticipating stronger winds elected to run a smaller 5.6 sail on his Spiral and did well to hold the other two full rig Spirals at first, but during the second lap in still light breeze but with increasing gusts, the full rigs edged away. Merve kept catching Wayne, only to have Wayne open out a lead of a few lengths again. On the fourth lap the southerly hit with some seriously solid gusts. One of well over twenty knots skittled Merve while Bill decided to head for the beach and retire. Wayne displayed superb seamanship to keep going until the race was shortened and the finish flag displayed. As Merve and Bill were DNFs Wayne took the double. Back on shore we watched the strong gusts whistle across the river while our brave fire fighters headed south over the bridge. Our hearts went out to their heroic efforts on such a difficult day. This Saturday the club will contest heat eight of the Kel Campbell Point Score and heat six of the Bomaderry Bowling Club Championship, and we anticipate a number of visitors. Start is at 2.15 pm.

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