Well what a great weekend with Sunny skies and even a decent breeze on Sunday for racing. I even managed to get on the water both days which included a sail with Michael, Charlie, Jack and Michelle on Saturday which was a bit of a challenge with light winds and lots of current and then I even managed to line up for the race on Sunday minus a wind indicator and a course map?
I also had a visit from one of my old instructors who is now based in France and was in Australia to visit family and look for sponsors for her next yachting challenge which is the mini transat series starting in France later this year , its seat of the pants sailing with only a GPS and VHF aids (no computers ?) I wish you good luck and safe sailing Katrina and don’t forget to keep in touch.
Our early juniors class had 12 budding junior sailors who had the dubious honour of trying to sail in very light and shifty conditions with both Pieter and myself constantly moving the buoys to cope with the ever changing wind direction . There were a couple of standout performances from Jonah , Millie and even Riley and Ryan (twins) sailed well and had no arguments well done everyone . Oh and I should mention that buttercup (Coby) has now changed his nickname to cupcake? Not sure which one is the worst maybe we will have to come up with a better one.
Sunday 10.30 Juniors;
We again had a good roll up for this advanced session with 8 boats on the water with improving conditions wind wise so we set up a broad reach and close haul return course with gybing and tacking being the focus on the day . The conditions had improved from the early class with the wind settling in the n/e at around 4/6 knots so it was perfect conditions for everyone to get out there and work on their sailing skills. I saw good improvements from Patrick, India and Finn who had his first go in a 4.7 laser which definitely suits his size much better than the Tera. Well done everyone we might even see some of you racing at 1.30 soon.
Again we had a good turnout for racing which now includes the advanced juniors race series so all together there were 20 boats out there at the start line jockeying for position.
The race started in winds of around 6/8 knots with plenty of holes which I for one managed to find on a regular basis but as the race moved on the wind built into a reasonable e/n/e wind of around 10 to 15 knots which meant that we all had some good reaches and close reaching. Tom Slocombe was flying but he told me later that he made two mistakes , one he followed the wind surfers and two he wrote the course to small so he couldn’t read his own writing and went the wrong way. The guys and girls in front of me had a great race which I tried to join in with but I just couldn’t seem to get onto the back of them I would get close but then the would get away again which culminated in me trying to hard on the last turn and going for a swim and yes it was cold. I have to say the most improved performance I say on the day was Thomson Hand who had the 4.7 really wound up, good work Thomson!
1st John P
2nd Roger M
3rd Peter F
See you on the water next weekend
Paradise Point Sailing Club
Gold Coast Qld 4216
Mob 0407 145397