Another week closer to Christmas I hope everyone is gearing up for a good break.
The sailing committee had its first meeting with the Pan Pac Games people yesterday with a combined sport meeting also taking place next Friday with all the sports involved in the 2014 games. It will be great for the team to meet other groups who have organised their sports in past games just to give the team hopefully some handy hints. You should see sailing entered on the games website within the next two weeks. We are still looking for volunteers who have some spare time to perhaps take up one of the many roles for next year as we also have our Junior racing program including the mid winter cup and the laser states, just give us a shout as all help will be appreciated.
Sunday Juniors 8.30 am:
Well as usual we had a good turnout for the early session with 12 kids turning up for sailing and again with a few new faces having their first capsize and sail around a nice reaching course in around 4 to 6 knots from the s/e. I was especially impressed with the class session where when asked they knew where the wind was coming from and where the no sailing zone was as well great work everyone. This basic knowledge showed on the water with everyone sailing around with little or no problem making Aidan's job a lot less stressed with just the occasional capsize (Gybing) and a lot of laughing. I spent some time teaching Abbey and Ben how to tack and now she knows where the pizza is when she is tacking around the buoy, great work kids despite a swim or two.
Sunday Juniors 10.30:
Again we had a good roll up for this advanced class with eight boats on the water who I sent out first around a triangle with the hope of them setting their sails right for each leg when racing? Well you can all guess once racing started it was back to pull the sail on! let the sail out! with even a few of the dads getting involved from the shore, it must sound strange to people passing by with all these people yelling the same thing and the looks of confusion coming from the kids on the water. Having said all that it is still great to see everyone out there learning and having fun.
Open Bic Racing:
With several people away we ended up with Michael, Charlie and Sienna at the start line used by the race fleet. Once the open fleet left we gave them a normal start with Charlie managing to get away and Sienna and Michael running into the start boat which wasn’t helped by Michael freaking out Sienna by telling her there were jellyfish in the water (she hates jelly fish) and then pushing her into the start boat. After much drifting and meeting of the anchor chain they were off with Aidan in hot pursuit in the coach boat but there was no catching Charlie who had bolted and never looked like being overhauled, it was a great performance by Charlie who is heading to Port Stephens in January to compete in the States.
In the open race conditions improved after we set the course with a wind speed increase of around 3 knots which doesn’t sound like much but actually greatly improved the actual time spent on the water to around 1 hour and helped overcome a lot of outgoing tide, it was good to see all the full rigs out there . There was a great gesture out there as well with Maurie feeling embarrassed by being in front of Tom so he did the right thing and capsized on the downwind just so Tom could overtake him, I am sure he appreciates your gesture Maurie???
From what I saw of the racing everyone had a good start but John just slowly got away from Pieter and Roger and finished with a healthy margin (that should improve your points position John)
1 John Pring
2 Pieter Verstoep
3 Roger Margot
Finally don’t forget to get the word out there for the Try sailing plus fundraiser plus Club Xmas Party on the 15th Dec (members sailors and guests)
C U on the water