Lake Keepit Sailing Club hosted a river race recently.

Starting near the clubhouse, sailors headed 5km upstream, well past the National Fitness Camp in a north west direction.

LKSC commodore Tim Corben said the race was blessed with a strong ENE wind that arrived in violent gusts.

“The eight starters revelled in the conditions of a beam reach down between the now visible island and peninsular and then passed Sport and Rec and onward to the turning buoy,” he said.

“Spray was streaming everywhere and the early leader was Manilla’s Dave Alwyn who has been waiting for such a wind all season.

“His catamaran flew. He travelled the first leg in 13 minutes, and then returned with similar speed to the finish to record an elapsed time of 25 minutes and 46 seconds.

“A similar race several weeks ago took nearly two hours.

“The top laser sailors, Mick Bradfield and Hugh Evans had elapsed times of 33.01 minutes and 32.30 minutes respectively and left foamy wakes behind them.

“After a long spring and summer of heat and very soft breezes this race left all of us very enthused and exhilarated.”

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