Rain washes out NSW International Optimist Dinghy Association's Traveller's Trophy at Connells Point Sailing Club

Grounded: Boats preparing for the NSW International Optimist Dinghy Association Traveller's Trophy event at Connells Point on Sunday. Picture: John Veage

Grounded: Boats preparing for the NSW International Optimist Dinghy Association Traveller's Trophy event at Connells Point on Sunday. Picture: John Veage

There was disappointment for sailors on Sunday as the NSW International Optimist Dinghy Association event at Connells Point was washed out.

Connells Point Sailing Club hosted the Traveller’s Trophy, with more than 60 competitors making the trip from all parts of Sydney as well as Lake Macquarie and Canberra.

An international racing dinghy, the optimist is sailed in more than 120 countries around the world.

The heavy rain that hit St George and the shire on Sunday morning did not allow the series to be run in full, with a series of novelty races run in its place instead.

The teams from Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Georges River Sailing Club took home the prizes for wins in the novelty races.

Meanwhile, 13 teams battled it out in the NSW Teams Racing Championship at Georges River Sailing Club on Saturday.

Teams from Connells Point and Georges River represented the St George and Sutherland areas in the event.

The near perfect conditions on Saturday – a stark contrast to those seen on Sunday – saw the NSW Youth Sailing Team of Woollahra’s Jack Ferguson and Royal Prince Alfred pair Daniel Links and Fletcher Walters take out the event, with Woollahra Sailing Club finishing as the runners-up.

The Connells Point club are inviting anyone interested in taking up the sport to go along to their ‘discover sailing day’ which they will host on October 23.

For more information, contact information.cpsc@gmail.com.

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