Well another perfect weekend for sailing , blue skies and good winds just a pity about the tide!
Michelle and I went for a sail to the deep hole on Saturday and had some great reaches but then we had to work our way home into the wind and strong current, it was surely an upwind test for us both and I have to admit the legs were a bit sore on Sunday. Don't forget everyone that the club will not be sailing on the weekend of the 21st & 22nd Sept due to the replacement of our caged area roof.
Sunday Juniors 8.30:
Sunday Juniors was held in winds of around 6/9 knots with a nice long reach set up for both the experienced sailors and the newbies of which there was one more junior girl sailor, a thank you goes to young Alex Caban who took a couple of new sailors out and showed them the ropes, Alex never complains when asked to perform these duties and we do appreciate it. We are now getting a good number of girls coming along on Sundays so who knows we might have the next budding Jessica Watson come through the ranks. The water is definitely getting warmer with a few more accidental? Capsizes, especially Taylor who has to work on the accidental bit!
Sunday Juniors 10.30:
Ten thirty class is definitely starting to build up with 12 level three and above sailors out there sailing around the course. Despite some complaining (India) about the course have a gybe mark in it everyone went well with a definite improvement in everyone Gybing, tacking and bearaway skills. The standouts were Patrick, India and Lilly, Flynn and again Jonah who despite being the smallest has certainly got a lot of determination to master the sport. There was a lot of capsizing (on purpose at the end of the session due again to water temperature and I think a large piece of excitement at how well everyone went including avoiding the powerboats and jetskis who generally kept well clear.
Open Bic :
Bic racing didn’t start well with Dylan finding a new way to injure himself on Friday by bending his two middle fingers back trying to catch a football. So we had the usual suspects at the start line, Sienna (headache) Charlie chips Bratten and Luka who all managed to get the course right with a close reach to A then a reach to B and then a run to C. I am told by Aidan (coach 0) that everything went well after the initial yelling about sailing at the buoy and hike out and also pull the sail on! Gee doesn’t that sound familiar. Anyway, good racing was had by all and I will have the latest results up on the notice board for the weekend .
Two races were held on Sunday with only a small fleet of 11 boats lining up at the start, Mark even managed to go ashore and replace his boom and still finish about 4 minutes behind the fleet in race one other than that the race was pretty uneventful with a basic windward leeward return course up to the club and back.
Race two however was a lot tougher with everyone not realising the strength of the current with one of the latest starts I have seen in a while with the last competitor taking three minutes to get over the line. It was definitely not a day for the windsurfer (Paul) with the current playing havoc with his upwind, when he decided to pull out after an hour he did look worn out .
With the ever increasing current Ted and I decided to shorten the course just opposite Runaway Bay Marina as everyone still had to legs to go and then wind was dying. I don’t think anyone complained !
1 Mark Brown
2 Andrew Todd
3 Peter Fell
Catch you on the weekend
Paradise Point Sailing Club
Gold Coast Qld 4216
Mob 0407 145397