8.30 am Sunday Juniors ;
What an absolutely perfect start to the day with mild conditions with blue skies , smooth water but just lacking a decent wind early .
We gave two of our junior sailors a challenge on Sunday with Ava and Mason having their first try in the Open Bic and yes they were both very tentative at first but with some support from the Instructors they soon got the hang of it and joined Addy in cruising around the course or was that drifting ? Finally though the wind did pick up from the s/e so at least everyone had some time sailing in a decent wind . Addy even found a thong which she kept on the boat because she said that she could talk to it ??? I just nodded and drove off after that statement what else could I do .
Its also great to see everyone pitching in in derigging boats at the end as it certainly saves us in pack up time at the end of the day !
10.30am Sunday Juniors; With the wind now settled in from the s/e around 4/6 knots we set everyone off around a couple of buoys out the front but everyone soon tired of that and we sent them off to the yellow down at the canal . Abbey is definitely improving her upwind and sailed well on the day Ben tells me he loves the Taz but it was a bit of a struggle apparently dads going to have a talk about apparent wind RIGHT DAD ?. Dec and Jonah just flew around the course with me grabbing Jonah for some gybing practice ( he definitely needs some after a later incident while racing ) and Dec practicing for his first open race in the afternoon .
1.30 PM Open Race ;
With the winds settling in from the e/s/e and a change of tide right in the middle of the racing we set a start over by the canal with the top mark just north of the special mark above crab . After an early incident just before the start it was a hotly contested line with a few yells of up! up!and Casey trying a port start which saw her and Andrew having to come back as she pushed Andrew over early but at least he missed her as he was being crowded from behind . The incident I mentioned was Jonah clocking himself with the boom in a gybe and unfortunately it wasnt his Bic it was the 420 so it really hurt but true to form after a quick check by Dad he was off again . Roger lead from start to finish with Steve second and Tom third who was just slow and couldnt figure out why until he pulled his centreboard up at the end and found a great hunk of seaweed on it ( know the feeling Tom ) Ben in jetboat found out that you should double check your rigging especially when you jam the outhaul in the boom cleat !Even Adrian in his first race on his new laser found out that you shouldnt let go of the steering in a gybe as bad things happen .
Upcoming ; This weekend on Saturday we are having a gear and building maintenance day starting at 8am so if you would like to lend a hand just turn up on the day . Sunday as there is no racing we are holding a rescue boat familiarization afternoon starting at 1.00 pm with general safety procedures and some boat driving ( license not required ) we do these every year so that our volunteers are able to lend a hand when sailing is on