8.30 am Sunday Juniors ;
With the sun beating down and the winds light and variable it was always going to be a busy morning and as predicted it did not disappoint with again nearly thirty budding junior sailors signing on for this session .
With 5 tera's two lasers and the Taz rigged by the juniors with help from the instructors and kids wanting to be tested for their next level it took us until just after 9.00 am before we could have a briefing and hit the beautifully cool water . Andrew set a reaching course from the club down towards the canal and away everyone went . Jack and Dean sailed on the Taz which had a bit of trouble with the sand banks as did a few others and with both rescue boats busy guiding and towing people back that had drifted south with the current it turned into a busy morning . We had a couple of junior windsurfer kids come and try out as well and they did very well steering the lasers even if they did have some help from our on board instructors . Of course it was inevitable that there was the odd capsize , falling out of boats and water splashing towards the end but hey it was hot right !
10..30 AM Junior Training ;
With the wind settling in from the n/e east at around 4/6 knots we set the group off on a downwind and easy windward return but once everyone got settled in we increased the course and set a more difficult upwind starting down at the second green . Generally everyone went well with Ollie , Aidan Addy and Eddy really nailing the upwind . Eddy had her first go in the 4.7 and really nailed it and she looked really comfortable in the bigger boat even if she did sit too far down the back occassionally . By far the best especially on the upwind was Ollie whose sailing in recent times has really improved , must be all that hiking out and reading the sail . Mason had his first go at a open bic and as per the normal introduction to bic,s he did a lot of swimming so his capsize drill is really good now all we have to teach him is how to stay in the boat !
1.30 pm Open Race ;
With a couple of the guys away at the laser masters we still managed a fleet of ten boats on the water in what started out as light conditions at around 4/6 knots and a bit flukey . We set a course starting down just north of runners with mark A set out towards Straddie because of the e/n/e wind . We didn't set a very long course because of the tide and light wind so you guessed it no sooner had we started everyone that the wind filled in to around 10 knots and very solid . It was a great race for Steve Russell Casey Charlie Roger Torin Ryan and Brendan with some really close racing throughout what turned out to be a really close race up front with Steve just beating Casey ( sailing a radial ) over the line and Russell third . Even Charlie had a go at a radial and when he learns to pull the vang and downhaul on who knows he might go even faster right Charlie ? Torin sailed much better as well as he gets used to our racing format and it was nice to see Ryan back after his school holiday break .
We had Tianna at the club on Sunday and it was great to see her back doing what she has always loved teaching kids sailing , she is back next Sunday as well then she is off to uni in Melbourne again .
Volunteers ; If you think you can spare some time on weekends we are always looking for help with both on water and on land volunteers , we especially need people to help with racing in the afternoons as start boat crew and in the mornings for our canteen which financially supports our club in all its activities . If you are interested just have a talk with us !
Bendigo Bank Youth Cup 2018 ; Yes its on again and its set for the 30th of June and 1st of July weekend , This event always attracts a good crowd of Young Sailors and we are hoping to have a big group of both 4.7 sailors and Open Bic sailors from our club competing .
CU on the water