8.30 Sunday Juniors
With quite nippy conditions early I didnt think we would have any takers for the early class but we did get four keen sailors signed on and out rigging boats including Tristan who wanted some early training .
The winds were basically out of the s/w at around 4/6 knots which is a vast improvement on the last few weeks so it was going to be perfect for tacking and gybing practice , jack and ronan were especially keen as charlie had set some tasks for them as they want to move up to 10.30 training group . With Guy driving and charlie standing up front coaching thay soon had everyone cruising around the course I even got our latest recruit Kirra gybing at the inner mark and she was doing ok and didnt even capsize. I took emilio as we swapped him from a tera to the taz as he is getting bigger and at first he was very nervous but by the end of the session he was joining in doing the complete course . All in all a very successful session and there wasnt even any capsizes !
10.30 am Youth Training
With the usual group signing on and the winds turning s/e at around 4/6 knots we sat down to discuss how to catch waves and the rules about catching waves and pumping . It was very interesting getting everyones ideas on the subject as its very important especially when racing . I have to say that I have seen especially since the midwinter cuop a marked increase in not only everyones sailing but also their actual on water efforts .
Once everyone hit the water they soon found out that sailing to the red channel marker was definitely upwind and as usual in winter very shifty and dead spots . As usual Harvey was away well until he took on a crew in his mate of reece,s boat but the other outstanding sailors in the conditions were Zack and Leila who both went upwind really well and even their bear aways were good with hardly any loss of boat speed . Tristan and Halle mainly struggled on the upwind with mainly not pulling their sail on enough but with good instruction from the safety boat they actually got it toward they end , you just have to pull the sail on more right Tristan ?
1.30 pm Open Racing
With the winds slowly increasing to around 8/10 knots from the S/E wes used the southern course with the start between ephriam and soverign and A mark near runners and B mark up along soverign . We soon had everyone lined up and ready but for some reason the new horn decided to play up and bearly make a noise ? so we went of the flags . Tom was a bit early so had to bear away and everyone else just had to slow down but once the flag dropped Steve got the jump and they were all away. The upwind was a bit of a slog so it suited greg and tom the best and they soon broke away from the rest of the pack with steve settling in for third while Roger and Lance battled each other throughout the race for 4th and 5th while trisha pulled out early as the wind increased , Greg beat tom over the line by 4 seconds so that was realy close while steve was a couple of minutes behinh apparently hitting sand bars slow you down? While everyone was sailing back to the club you guessed it the wind speed started increasing and the waves also increased as did the cold factor so as charlie and I went around picking up the marks it progressively got colder and we were so happy getting back to the club as we were both shivering. The wind as predicted were soon up around 20 knots and heading for 30 knots so we quickly pulled sarah c out as conditions deteriorated .
Yepoon Youth Championships end of september
Club xmas party 17/12/23
January Try Sailing Fundraiser for the gold coast Uni Hospital
CU on the water