8.30 am Juniors
As I said we only had two keen sailors in lucas and emilio sign on and rigg boats but as we said to them the get the best instruction as both charlie and I had a good session on rigging and what changes we can make to suit the conditions especially in the days light winds .
Charlie set a reaching course basically out in front of the club ( n/s) and the boys were allowed to tack and gybe because the average wind speed was around 1 knot so not much chance of capsize ( too cold anyway ) . Lucas did at times manage to catch a little bit of wind so that he could get around the buoys plus he is a lot lighter than Emilio who did get going occasionally but all in all it was a very slow day but at least the sun was shining.
10.30 am Youth Training
With a mix of tera,s and Bics we soon ended up with about half our usual fleet as it was only a training day as racing returns next weekend as unfortunately the 13th of august race had to be abandoned due to the wind dropping out completely and everyone except Gemma either stuck on the bottom mark or half way back to the finish For the session we talked about the effect of the tide married with the wind direction and what effects it has on the boat performance as they all struggled the previous week trying to round mark A .
With fingers crossed we sent them to the green channel mark then back up to the club with luckily only a slowly incoming tide and the winds tending N/N/E at around 4 knots . To make the green they all had to sail down toward the canal to line up with A and after a couple of goe,s they were all getting around the marks and carrying good boat speed even the gybes and tacks were good so well done everyone on a good session.
1.30 pm Open Racing.
We had two races on the day due to both charlie and I being adsent on the last race date and with the conditions looking very iffy due to the winds not reaching their predicted speeds ( 10-15 ) but more like 8 knots and an increasing outgoing tide we set a course starting at the canal then A mark down on the east side of runners then a west mark then back to C at the start finish line . The tide was getting tricky and as the first start got closer people started drifting over the line so there was a bit of yelling from the start boat to get them back especially Tom who arrived just a bit too early but they all managed to make it. In race two they were all basically on the start side with 30 seconds to go well except Lance who just drifted over a bit as we counted down but again by the start everyone was on the right side.
So who won both races well Greg did mainly because he had the best starts and they couldnt catch him although Tom was very close and John B who has only just started competing again ended up with a 3rd in race 2 so he was very happy with his results . Over both races it was actually close racing even in the second race especially as the wind was dropping and the current increasing making it a slow return for everyone on the last leg.
Yepoon Race week starting 18/9/23
Adult Introduction to Sailing Course starts 2/9/23
Club Marathon 19/11
School holiday camps start on 11/12 december
Club Xmas Party 17/12/23
CU on the water