The start of summer has seen racing return at the Twofold Bay Yacht Club.
Club stalwart Robin Arthur said numbers were down, but it hadn’t affected the racing rivalry.
“A smaller, but very competitive fleet has taken to the water for the spring series racing,” Arthur said.
“Sadly we have lost Ruby Two which has been taken off to Adelaide to start racing over there.”
Meanwhile other members are still in preparations.
“Mac and Jeanette Shimeld are in the process of preparing their next boat for the water,” she said.
“This is an Adams 10 and promises to be a very fast racing boat.
“It should be a great rival for Livid owned by Ted Dexter.
“We all hope to see Mac and Jeanette on the water for the summer season.”
Arthur said the club was delighted to welcome two new members for this season’s races aswell.
“We welcome Doug and Anne Comery racing on Sound Wave which looks like being a very competitive boat.
“We’re also keen to see Old Habits back in the water as soon as some problems with standing rigging have been sorted out.”
Arthur said the Habits’ skipper, Chris Hopkins, had been crewing on another yacht while the repairs were underway.
“Chris has been crewing on Thermopylae, which is having a great season and has held off the division two boats for the past three weeks.
“It has been caught only once by Livid, which is also having a great season.
“Chris should be a definite starter for the summer season,” she said.
Arthur said the club had also been undergoing a transformation to its club house.
“The members and committee of Twofold Bay Yacht Club are thrilled to hear they have been granted $10,000 to assist in improvements to the club house,” Arthur said.
“A personal phone call from Member for Bega, Andrew Constance confirmed the grant this week.
“The money will be used to weather proof the clubhouse verandah with sliding windows along its length and to open the wall between the main clubhouse room and the verandah.
“This will greatly improve a well used community facility and provide added safety when sail training is on in Quarantine Bay.”
Arthur said she and the rest of the club were extremely grateful for the assistance.
“We thank Mr Constance for his support of Eden and also to thank councillor Russell Fitzpatrick for his support and assistance,” she said.