The annual Tumbulgum passage Sailing Race gets underway on Sunday, June 19.
The annual Tumbulgum passage Sailing Race gets underway on Sunday, June 19. Contributed

Setting sail on the Tweed

***Update***

Due to weather forecasts for this weekend, the race has had to be postponed, with organisers now moving the race to Sunday, June 3.

The race will still start at 10am on this date.

UP TO 30 boats will hit the water on Sunday when the annual Tumbulgum Passage Race sails into the Tweed.

The passage race takes in many sites of the Tweed from the water as crews set out 10am, winding their way along a 21km route from Condong, past Tumbulgum and Chinderah, before finishing up at Fingal Head around midday.

The Tweed Valley Sailing Club hosts the event, which attracts a vast array of entrants, ranging from Lasers, Impulse, NS14’s, Corsairs and a number of off-the-beach catamarans and Weta trimarans.

SAIL AWAY: The annual Tumbulgum Passage Sailing Race gets under way on Sunday, June 19.
SAIL AWAY: The annual Tumbulgum Passage Sailing Race gets under way on Sunday, June 19. Contributed

Tweed Valley Sailing Club vice commodore Kevin Bourke said the event – now in its third year – appealed to a wide range of people with the natural beauty and water conditions it had on offer.

“It has continued to grow because it’s a unique event and being able to sail down the Tweed River on an ebbing tide in our warm winter sun is very appealing,” Bourke said.

“There is also a good social scene before the start where everyone mingles over a breakfast prepared by our club members.”

Bourke said competitors came from Brisbane and beyond to take part in the race, which offered a range of class competition and divisions.

“There is a monohull division and a multihull division, as well as class divisions,” he said.

“Handicaps are based on the Victorian yardstick, which has worked out the rating of each class of boat.

“First boat finishing gets a prize as well as the last boat.”

The annual Tumbulgum passage Sailing Race gets underway on Sunday, June 19.
The annual Tumbulgum passage Sailing Race gets underway on Sunday, June 19. Contributed

Vice Commodore Bourke said the nature of racing could see boats reach up to speeds of 20 knots (about 35kph) when going at full-clip, sailed by what he expected to be about 50 competitors who will take to the water on Sunday.

More details about the Tumbulgum Passage Race are available on the website at www.tvsc.com.au or on the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s Facebook page.



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