The big news is that we have been successful with our grant application to council to replace the caged area which has a serious rust problem , we patched it up about ten years ago but its now beyond patching and with the support of our council division 4 representative Cr Shelly Curtis we have been granted the funds to carry out the repairs and we are even getting new gates so charlies welding job during the upgrade will just be a memory , it was a good weld to and its still holding !
The club 2024 sailing calendar is out with all the basic events listed including open racing and youth racing , other sailing club events will be added when information becomes available .
8.30 am Sunday Juniors
Compared to the previous weekends weather the forecast was good all week for sunday and with parents booking in as early as wednesday it was definitely shaping up to be a big morning . By Saturday evening there were 14 new and experienced sailors signed on so all we needed was reasonable weather .
Sunday morning started with light rain but it slowly cleared by 8.00am with a roughly westerly wind prevailing .
We ended up with over 20 yes 20 sailors signing on with the large being girls which was great to see . Guy was in charge of the safety boat while Charlie took on all the new sailors with he and harvey doing a rigging demonstration and ne doing a capsize drill .
Guy set a nice reaching course and with the wind only around 2/3 knots from the west it was perfect for beginners , there were some capsizes early and apparently they were accidental ???? but at the end we let everyone give capsize a try just in front of the club with lots of laughter echoeing accrocs the water . The pack up was just as good with everyone pitching in even young Toby was into it even if his hose work was occassionally a bit random.
10.30 am Youth Training
Well this group never ceases to amaze me with nine sailors turning up for training . Charlie has really taken them under his wing and is really getting everyone involved in this session . The rigging is getting faster and the asking for help part is also diminishing . After a chat about the previous week we set them on box sailing starting with figure eights which I have to say looked good from the shore with good boat speed shown by everyone . The box sailing was a whole new level especially coming to a stop at a buoy with confusion at first but as everyone slowly got the idea there was some good boat control shown . I had a perfect seat on the shore so that I could watch everyone and when they all returned to the shore I managed to give a few people tips on how to improve now all they have to do is remember for next week right! halle Leila Zach , Jack , Kiera ?
Apparently there was a bit of whinging after about half an hour of drills about being bored and can we do something else but charlie stuck to his guns and said no and surprisingly most everyone managed to complete the on water task who knows they might even be able to use these new skills when they start racing on the 18th of feb.
Open Racing 1.30 pm
As I said earlier the club sailing calendar is out and it shows Open Racing starts on sunday the 3/3/24 , we wer going to start the week before but Charlie and I will be away on the 25th feb at a australian sailing course.. Before I forget good luck to Greg Phillips as he is in SA at the moment competing in the Laser masters , with over 200 competitors its sounds awesome fun.
18 feb 2024 Youth Racing 11.00 am start
Open racing 3/3/2024 1.30 pm start
Club Closed Sunday the 25 / 2/2024 ( no sailin at all )
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