Well it looks like the weather finally gave us a break this week with good conditions on both Saturday and Sunday.
Our Junior sessions were well attended with over twenty juniors attending both our learn to sail and also the Junior racing program. In the Junior racing Dillon Lynch continued his good form from last week with a first in 4 out of the 5 races with Charlie Reece coming a close second in 4 races and after main-sheet repairs winning the 5 race with Dillon a close second.
The open Summer Series was held in 6 to 10 knots with a strong outgoing tide making the start very tricky with the current trying to push everyone over the line. The conditions also made seeing the sand bars difficult but I did notice a few competitors trying the system of: "If you come to a sudden stop, yep you've hit the sand!"
After racing, the Club held its 2012 Season Presentation
and AGM with an excellent turnout by members.
The top positions in 2012 Sailing Season were:
Election of Committee at AGM
Peter Crouch retained the position of Secretary ( unopposed )
Pieter Verstoep retained the position of Treasurer ( unopposed )
John Murphy retained the position of President ( unopposed )
As part of our community involvement we have offered the use of the club premises to Sailability Gold Coast until such time as their facilities at SYC Hollywell have been repaired following the recent cyclone which severely damaged their pontoons .
Sailability is running at test day on Tuesday the 12 February to work out the changes needed to operate from our pontoon. Providing everything goes well they will hopefully start inviting their clients to Paradise Point so they can continue their sailing activities.
Well, the last couple of weekends have been very interesting weather, race two of the summer series was obviously cancelled with wind gusts reaching in excess of 50 knots and sustaining those strengths over the next 36 hrs . The club suffered some damage with building and electrical damage but all in all we came out a lot better than some other parts of the coast .
Then we had last weekend with race three of the series where we managed to complete the first race.
Due to increasing winds 30 + knots and an outgoing tide the second race was shortened.
This made Pieter Verstoep very happy as John ( JUDGE ) Brown was on his transom .
We had a few away at the titles as well and we should be able to let everyone know next week how they went.
Our leading Junior sailor George Morton after competing in the NZ Open Bic Nationals came home with a 4th overall and 3rd in under fifteen , he then backed that result up with a 5thb overall and 3rd in under thirteen in the Youth Nationals ( Open Bic ) in Foster . The competition was fierce with both state and national champions competing in both events so Well done George .
The clubs annual AGM and Presentation is this weekend ( Sunday 10th ) starting with the presentation at 16.30 hrs and then the AGM to follow. All members are invited to come along and cheer everyone at the presentation and then stick around for the AGM to hear how your club is progressing for the future.