Darren Lowder 20th Memorial Regatta Trial Bay NSW

Photos from top: Winners Andrew Williams and Ashleigh Brewin (photo Leanne Gould);
Sailing a Nacra 15 to the start line (photo Kieran Barrett);
Trevor Lowder playing with his daughters while the fleet waited for wind (photo Leanne Gould);
The fleet sailing across Trial Bay to the start (photo Kieran Barrett).

Around 70 catamarans of all shapes and sizes made the pilgrimage to Trial Bay, on the mid north coast of NSW, to sail in the Darren Lowder Memorial Regatta. This was held in conjunction with NSW State titles for Nacras, F18s and Arrows classes.

Sailors came from Far North Queensland, Sydney, Canberra and all over NSW to sail on the beautiful Trial Bay and remember a young man who lost his life twenty years ago sailing at this very spot. Darren and his brother Trevor were pushing their boat off the beach and the mast hit overhead power lines. Darren died in the park in front of all the families competing. A horrific accident twenty years ago but still vivid in sailors’ memories. Darren loved catamaran sailing. To honour his memory, his brother Trevor and their dad Brian Lowder from Kurnell Catamaran Club ran Dazza’s Memorial Regatta with help from friends from all over the country.

After weeks of storms and big seas, the weekend weather cleared and the sun came out, with a pleasant SW 10- 18 knots on Saturday and NE 6 –12 knots on Sunday. The regatta was very much a family affair with many babies and little children running about. Several generations of prominent sailing families competed against each over. The Guinea family travelled for Queensland and competed in Nacras. It is interesting to note that Multiple World champion Steve Brewin, sailing with his step daughter Amy, was beaten by his young daughter Ashleigh, his brother Chris and his 70 year old father Richard. The youth team were out in force sailing Nacra 15s and all sorts of other cats. The sailors were male, female, young and old; all competing together and having fun.

The winners overall on yardstick, sailing a Taipan 4.9 Sloop, were Andrew Williams and young Ashleigh Brewin. Second place went to Rohan Nosworthy sailing an Arrow and third to another Arrow sailor Frank O’Rourke.

The F18s were well represented with a strong fleet of fifteen boats. F18 NSW State Title went to father and son team Chris and Richard Brewin, second place to Trevor Lowder and Ben Geisker and third to Steve Brewin and Amy Giri.

There were many Nacras at the regatta. A fleet of fifteen Nacra 5.8s competed for their state title which was won by Queenslander Warren Guinea and Mark Phillips. The youth were well represented with nine Nacra 15 class competing. Jake Lidell and Emma Jones beat Lucy Nissen and Ethan Micaleff by one point to take the NSW State Title in that class.

Leanne Gould
Publicity officer for Kurnell Catamaran Club

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