The club is preparing for a major repair which is the replacement of our cage roof frame, we have got really good quotes for the new beams and brackets so it looks like the weekend of the 21/22 Sept will be the chosen date. The roof is a priority as the support beams a badly rusted and it will only take one good blow and it will collapse so definitely it needed doing. Email me if you can Help Out on the weekend: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Juniors 8.30 ;
With the weather starting to warm up we are starting to see a few of last summers kids returning with the likes of Milly and Harry arriving on Sunday and picking up where they left off last summer. Again we had a couple of new kids have a try as well and although the winds were light they said they had a good time, there was even a few hardy souls who decided to have a few capsizes at the end so summer must be coming.
Sunday10.30 Juniors ;
As whit the learner class we are starting to see a few faces returning with the warmer weather with Dallas returning (Broken Arm) Kayla and Nick. Luckily the wind had increased a bit from the early session so I decided they should all do some racing so with beach starts the go and lots of current we managed to get three practice races in with 9 Teras 1 Bic and a laser out there. Patrick was in the Bic and did well for his first go in a slippery boat and Mark found out that lasers don’t sail themselves especially when you don’t work the sail. With numbers like that I better get a few more Tera,s out as well as the odd laser. As with the early class I think it might be time for a few of the 10.30 people to maybe step up to 1.30 racing!
Well it was down to Dylan, Luka and Charlie to fly the flag for the race group with Michael missing and Sienna sick. We set a close reach and broad reach return with a lot of current so race one was a bit of a long affair with everyone misreading the effect of the outgoing tide. With the help of the coach boat we did manage some reasonable starts and although the were a bit late each time at least this week the actually sailed to mark A unlike last week which we won't mention any further. I have to say the best of the group and even though he didn’t win any race (2 in each) Dylan sailed exceptionally well considering the weight advantage both Luka (weighs nothing) and Charlie (remember to duck). Preparations are underway for these guys to head for Port Stephens in January for the national titles so all this race experience is invaluable.
Open Racing :
Well judging by the conversations on the beach after racing it seems that more than one person was over the line on Sunday with a windward start but a pushing outgoing tide. Don't worry everyone a will be the starter next week and you will definitely know if you are early. There was also a bit of a slip with the finish line, Ted came to tell me he thought that there was one lap to go only to turn around and find John Pring passing the finish line buoy with several people in hot pursuit but never fear I will set the times accordingly now I know who finished where compared to those I managed to get times for. Considering the conditions (tide) we set the course in our channel with some windward leeward and triangles , there must have been a bit more wind down there as John was home in less than 50 minutes. The club has been approached by the QLA to run a race day as part of the traveller series and we are at present looking at a date in March 2014 we will keep you all posted on that one.
1ST John Pring
2 Peter Fell
Ok everyone catch you next weekend
Paradise Point Sailing Club
Gold Coast Qld 4216
Mob 0407 145397