8.30 am Sunday Juniors :
This beginners class never ceases to surprise me with its consistant numbers every Sunday with all the regulars and always the odd new sailor showing up for this early session . The weather was bright and sunny with light winds from the N/E and an ever increasing outgoing tide it was always going to be a challenge for everyone . I have to admit the tide was a bit of a pain as it kept sucking everyone in as the moment they lost concentration they were going backwards well that was except the laser with Eddy on board and the Tera with Addy on board who with their experience made it look easy good work girls . Richard and Andrew also managed to master the light conditions as did Aithan and Jonah who at one stage were drifting towards a moored Yacht but managed to tack away and sail back towards the club . It was nice to see Jack and Dean back as well after a summer of nippers and although they were a bit fuzzy on rigging once the hit the water you could see their sailing skills coming back as the session went on . Amongst the girls Cianna sailed well if occassionally looking a bit confused as to where the wind was coming from as did Jade , Sasah , Elizabeth , Ava and Athenia even if Liz and Athenia had a bit of help from Addy and yes despite the water temperature starting to ncool most everyone still wanted to capsize at the end ?
10.30 am Sunday Training :
Luckily by the time everyone had rigged and we had a briefing the winds had gone a bit more east making it easier for this group to beat the still outgoing tide . Charlie took nearly everyone out and headed south towards the bottom end of Ephriam for more wind while I stayed back with Ben as I had promised him the week before that I would show him how to tack facing forward to hopefully stop him from getting hit with the boom consistantly while facing backwards and to his credit after about ten minutes he started to get the idea and was soon tacking facing forward and also his timing was better by now because he could see it waiting for the boom to start changing sides before he changed so well done Ben now lets hope he remembers next Sunday? Jackson sailed his laser for the first time with a bit of help from some club bits and pieces and despite struggling at times with popping rudders and the increase in power especially when gybing he did well for his first try so it looks like we have another laser sailor in the fleet . Addy , Eddy and Abby just took the conditions in their stride and it definitely looks like they are taking gybing in their stride and finally everyone will be relieved to know Ebony didnt sight any boat swallowing stingrays this week so all was good on the water !
1.30 PM Open Racing:
With Ben Simone , Tom and Casey away at the states we still managed to have eight boats on the water and with the winds moving more towards the S/E and increasing to around ten knots it was looking good for a great race . On the start boat we were so confident of a good start we didnt even get out the recall flags so you guessed it with Michelle leading the early starters we had a general recall so back to five minutes again and the second start was much more civilised it was so good in fact I had Addy film it and stuck it on facebook . Greg soon broke free with the pack in hot pursuit and with Charlie using my full rig sail he was soon in hot pursuit of greg after passing Michelle and Steve and things were looking well for a good finish for Charlie until yep you guessed it he fell out apparently due to a mysterious wind knock? with only one and a half laps to go and yes he was catching Greg ( radial ) There was not much in it with Greg Michelle Steve and Charlie all finishing within two minutes of each other and Matt , Lance and Russel less than two minutes behind them and our newest racer Laurie rounding out the fleet . Will Charlie try the full rig again yes I am absolutely sure of it if the yahooing we heard as he took of at the start has anything to do with it and Michelle blamed her watch breaking for the early start !
School Holiday sailing camps ; there are only a few spots left in both camps ( 8/9 & 15/16 ) so contact the sailing office for a booking form .
EASTER : The club will be closed on Easter Sunday but member scan access their boats by contacting the office
Mid Winter Cup : 29th and 30th of June ; we are looking for some volunteers for the two day event so if you would like to donate some time over the two days volunteering forms are available at the club .
CU on the water