The extension was funded by Gold Coast City Council at the request of our local councillor Mr Cameron Caldwell so a heart felt thank you goes to both the council and especially Councillor caldwell for his ongoing support .
8.30 am Sunday Juniors :
There were a few obstacles in place with the cage extension only half done but that didnt stop all our keen young sailors getting their boats rigged and ready before 9.00 am and down on the beach ready to hit the water. Our up and coming Bic Skiff sailors had a few rigging issues but with a bit of rushing around we soon had them on the beach as well .
Our newly qualified dinghy instructor Charlie was again in charge of the briefing talking about safety then wind direction and what skillls they would be practicing ( tacking and Gybing ) and soon had everyone running to their boats ready for the saftey boat to put the course buoys out and once that was done they were off and running . We also had a request from one of our new sailors Claire to try sailing on her own so we set her up in a Tera and away she went and with a little bit of coaching from Charlie she was soon sailing around with everyone else so well done Claire . I actually spent the session on the shore which is a bit strange for me but with Jason and Guy in one boat and Charlie in the other they certainly didnt need me .
10.30 am Youth Training :
This group has hab some new additions lately in Lincoln and Ben both in Bics so its been a challenge for them to fit in with all the more experienced Bic sailors in Jade , Maddison and Daniel but they both seem to be enjoying the challenge and copying the more experienced sailors . We started the on water with windward leeward sailing then stretched the course from in front of the clubto all the way down to the red channel marker soagain a mixture of upwind and down wind sailing and thankfully minimum current unlike previous weeks . The laser sailors in Abby , Taylah and Ross are definitely improving in technique but still lack a little bit in there roundings and proper course but with them backing up in the open race later in the afternoon i am sure they will be ready for mid winter cup and Youth week . I shouldnt forget Maddy who has improved out of sight since her lesson with Jade especially the tacking part so well done Maddy and Jade for coaching.
1.30 pm Open Racing :
With the winds turning s/e at around 6/8 knots and the guys requesting three single lap races we set a start at the canal and an A mark right behind the yellow x in the middle of the channel . We set the start line a bit tight just to get everyones attention and a preferred starboard start . The pin was close to the shallows but it only caught one sailor out in Matt which only stuck him up for a second or to much better than last weeks multiple capsizes but we wont mention that will we Matt ! With no Tom Greg still had his hands full with everyone else especially Steve who was again really nailing the starts and showed good boat speed in his old boat . In the laser youths Ross was first home in their division with Abby a close second which on handicap would have meant Abby probably finished top three as she was sailing 4.7 against Ross and everyone else in radials and full rigs . In the Bics Jade just took off in the first too races having good starts where daniel be new to racing did struggle a bit although in race three he beat Jade around the course ? why well Jade got squeezed out of the start and had to start again . Where was Taylah ? well apparently I need to add ducking to her coaching when falling out of the baot trying to avoid Lincoln resulting in a good bump on the head !
Canteen : Our canteen is back up and running thanks to Kelly and the girls and next time I might have the first coffee rather than wait for someone else to try it first because it was just perfect for my taste buds , again thank you everyone for the hard work all our volunteers do .
REGISTRATIONS FOR MID WINTER CUP WILL BE OPENING SOON
C U on the water