Hi everyone , Well firstly I have to mention our young sailors who made us all very pround last weekend at the open bic states with Jade coming tenth overall and Daniel thirteenth in gold fleet and yes the wer up against some of the best open bic sailors we have ever seen so well done guys ! Our representative in silver fleet in Harvey Brooks who by the way is only 9 came tenth overall and if you ever want an advertisement on never giving up I lost count on saturday on how many tacks he did trying to get to the top mark with at least four knots of current and about four and a half knots of boat speed but what a trooper ! but the best was at the end when he went around not prompted and thanked all the organisers for such a great event and yes he is Nine some adults I have know could take a leaf out of his book.
This Easter we will be open as several people have been already enquiring already with normal activities .
Our sunday morning juniors class was again well attended with perfect sailing conditions with blue skies and light winds allowing everyone to have a great sail . One standout was young Dean who jumped on the Taz yes the Taz and actually came to grips with the size quickly and was soon off sailing around the course . We did start the girls sailing group but we only had a couple of takers but Iam sure it will build over time with a few others a bit nervous about something different , Deans brother Jack also did a great job helping new sailors learn the ropes taking over daniels role while he was away at the states . I should also mention young tanna who is really starting to steer well with nice tacks and straight lines which continued onto this weeks sailing camp now including solo capsizes and recovery so well done mate a future sailor in the making. All the instructors were a bit shattered in the end after spending a full day on the saturday at the STATES and having Harvey , Daniel , Jade and Guy missing we never stopped .
Our Youth group was obviously somewhat depleted with Ross at Hamilton Island ( poor thing ) and jade , Harvey and daniel at the States so it was only Taylah , Abby and our new sailor Joe giving our laser fat buoy a dust off for the first time in ages , we set what looked like a simple course but of course looks can be decieving which the all found out the first time they tried getting to the upwind mark yep you guessed it heaps of outgoing current and just enough wind to get there . Joe really appreciated fat buoy with the turbo kit and light hull rather than an old learner boat while Taylah actually made it look easy with smooth roundings and plenty of speed on the upwinds . Abby decided to practice her falling out backwards technique but always had trouble getting back in the boat probably from all the laughing she did but in between she did sail well .
There was no Open racing on the day so a few of the guys just went for a sail and from all accounts it was a tough sail especially upwind in the channel with just enough wind to beat the current and it looked like it when they got back with a lot of puffing while dragging their boats up the ramp and yep it was hot as well .
Finally how did our holiday sailing camp go well just great with light winds day one and just a bit more day two so that everyone was actually sailing , we had a couple of grandparents watching their grand children who were on holidays from england sailing and steering and couldnt believe we got them that far in two days so well done everyone for your efforts .
Mid Winter Cup 25/26 June
CU on the water