8.30 am Sunday Juniors ;
With perfect skies and great on water conditions it was surely shaping up for a perfect start to sailing for the day and with over a dozen starters the boats were soon rigged actually they actually rigged too many boats as we had one left over so that proves everyone was really keen to get on the water . Jade and Addy ( new bic owner ) had the club bic rigged and on the beach early and all the teras were right behind followed by Declan how was taking Nixon out and actually let him steer unlike last week when Charlie took Nxon out and wouldn't let him steer because he was chicken about get wet in a capsize and yes we did rubbish him , Nixon soon had the laser cruising and Declan retired to the bow and just cruised . Captain Blake had a few accidental falls from his boat again so he was back in form and even his sailing was good so he has asked to try 10.30 training instead . Elizabeth sailed on her own and like Blake sailed well in the shifty conditions as did Jade in the Bic when Addy jumped off and she now tells me she likes the Bic ! now she has come to terms with its slippery hull . To be honest everyone sailed the 4/6 knots really well even if there was the odd pull the sail on !!! command from the safety boat followed by let the sail out ! Just so everyone knows yes everyone wanted free capsize time and yes wel all agreed they were crazy but I did notice everyone was soon up and sailing to shore and heading for warm showers .
10.30 am Sunday Training :
After a briefing to discuss last weeks training and a lot of rushing around getting Bics ready ( yes they are starting to show their age ) and even the TAZ as Alex didn't have a bic as one is out of action and our new girl Ariel trying lasers plus the usual crew we set everyone off out the front in S/E winds around 6 knots and the instructions were gybing only and yes there was the usual moaning about gybes but everyone went out and gybed . We then set the task for everyone to sail south ( upwind and then north) as that was going to be the race course for the afternoon . Our new sailor Ariel soon got the hang of the laser and showed her skills from Optis and Sabots as did Addy in her Bic . The boys improved on the upwind as the session progressed as did Abby and Eddy but there was a little bit of luffing going on right girls . Ben showed improvement but still sails away from the marks a bit as does Mason who like the girls points to high and starts luffing so definitely some work to be done there . Alex was a bit worried sailing the TAZ but with the extra room and no Jib he was soon sailing around the course well and he told me after the session that he really liked the boat and might try it again as it was a lot of fun and a little bit less demanding than the Bic .
1.30 Youth Racing :
As usual we all sat down for a pre race briefing mainly about the current wind direction and course set up which was the same as the training session but further down the waterway and longer . The starts are getting better but still need a lot of work so there is a hint for next Sundays training with the best at the line being Abby and Ariel who after starting managed to luff each other up allowing the rest of the fleet to catch up which really made a race of it . Ariel with her extra racing experience soon pulled ahead and for the first time Jackson who is now in his laser with a 4.7 set was right there with them but the surprise package was Addy who stayed with the lasers nearly all the way which was really an extension of her earlier training session efforts yep she was really quick . The 4.7 set and a few rigging changes made all the difference with Jackson who came in second behind Ariel but was actually first as Ariel wasn't registered to race and Abby and Edwina then Addy were close behind . After the race I suggested to Ariel that she move up to Open as her racing techniques need to be tested in a stronger environment so with a smile she agreed so hopefully we will see her at the start line next weekend .
1.30 pm Open Racing :
It was a bit tricky setting the course for the open race because the wind speed was somewhat flukey around 7 knots and there were some definite short term direction shifts so to make the race as friendly as possible Charlie and I set a triangle course from Runners up to the canal with a wing mark to the east to make the triangle . Charlie was very happy as everyone told him he had set a good start line with the help of Glen and unlike the previous week the recall flags weren't needed as everyone was on their best behaviour . From where I was I saw that Greg soon pulled away with Tom also breaking clear followed by Ben who seems lately to have settled into third place when racing . Behind them there was some good racing but one lapse of concentration and you soon lost ground especially if you missed the shift or a hole opened up in front of you . In the 4.7 Casey also sailed very smart and fast against everyone with bigger sails so I have to give her a well done ( that's from your coach ! ) Roger also sailed well as did Simone especially as this week her vang didnt break unlike last week which set her back to shore for quick repairs . Lance is also moving up the fleet as is Laurie and I think Russell was just cruising and enjoying the great weather and was still smiling as he went over the finish line .
Just a reminder that Sunday the 7th of July is the Gold Coast Marathon so their might be some early delays getting to the club.
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