8.30 am Sunday Juniors
With conditions perfect for an early morning sail with winds from the east at around 4-5 knots the guys on Sarah set up a nice reaching course right in front of all the parents making it easy for them to watch their children in action while Taylah Daniel and myself did our usual thing close to shore where we taught the new sailors sail trim and tacking and of course capsizing . Tristan took the Taz with a couple of his friends and he sailed them well while harvey , reece and jade piled sailors on board and cruised them around the course . Leila and Hanna where there in the Bic but it looks like with parents permission the will be progressing to 10.30 Training , I thought they might not want to go up but when I suggested it they both just smiled and said they would cjheck with mum and dad and let me know next weekend . We also had one of our wednesday school sailing group here Sophie who would be one of the smallest sailors we have ever had you could barely see her in the baot and I believe Taylah even had her steering which was awesome as she lost her confidence the previous wednesday in what was rough conditions for a six year old but thumbs up to her for giving it another go so I will see you next wednesday Sophie at school sailing.
10.30 am Youth Training
After last weekends first ever youth group race there was certainly a fair bit to discuss with people leaving bungs out , people letting go of the steering while gybing , people entering no sail zone and stalling and of course the race within a race between the two brothers in Reece and Harvey which was a great battle and just good sailing . The start was a bit chaotic but everyone started behind the line with Torsen having a blinder ( no bung !) now all we have to do is see how they go this weekend . Under Harvey,s suggestion we sailed everyone to the yellow X in the middle of the channel which was a perfect upwind challenge then a nice broadreach back toward the club . Harvey ,Reece and Gemma sailed well while Tristan got mixed up and ended up sailing against some sailors from SYC and by the time he passed them all he was at Runaway bay so a good upwind run Tristan we just need to work on the down wind . Charlie and I did note one thing on the downwind which was noone was attempting to catch the waves so guess what the training will be in a fortnight yep catching waves !!!
1.30 pm Open Racing
With the winds settling in from the s/e at around 6-8 knots we decided on the easterly course starting down at the canal and heading south then up the track to around half way up soverign and despite some confusion at the start line everyone was away with Greg leading the fleet with Steve behind him then Nick . The gybe mark was at the start buoy and both Charlie and I both noted some people are a bit rusty on the gybes with mainsheets slow to come on and also hiking out so so practice needed there guys . After two laps in our channel the fleet was of up soverign island and despite southport deciding to run a race in our zone everyone managed to miss each other , not sure why they were there as their would have been more wind down at the deep hole ??? As the race went on the very strong outgoing tide slowly abated but it was still best to stay on the edges of the channel when going against the current which greg and Nic did while steve sailed straight down the middle ? and definitely lost ground finishing third while greg beat Nic over the line but yes it was close .
Lance told us he was a bit to generous as while leading from Roger and Russell he accidentally capsized which let them past and yes they were grinning in true sailor fashion so next race lance no capsizing right!!!
Sunday Race two for our 2023 Youth Series
Lake Cootharaba Regatta
Mid Winter Cup june 24/25
CU on the water