Sunday Juniors 8.30 am Session:
It was a cool start to the day but the promise of a fine day soon had a pile of keen young sailors turning up for the early class and yes nearly all of them were wearing wetsuits which by the way included me definitely a plus on the day.
Conditions were somewhat light and variable so it was perfect for some of our newer sailors to have their first chance at steering around our reaching course which Charlie and Abby set on a north south angle for the light n/w winds . The outstanding effort in the conditions was from Jade who came to grips quickly with the light conditions and was easily sailing around the course . Madison in another Bic had lots of trouble with battens not popping even though I had loosened them off for the day as did Ross but most of the Teras were just managing to sail around the course even if we did have to tow and push a few people at times .
I should say that Jack and Dean also managed to come to grips in the light weather in the Teras which is a good sign for them to move on to the Bic,s full time well that is when I get the fourth Bic operating ( mast trouble ) With the cold conditions we thought no one would want to capsize but as usual we were wrong oh to be that young again where the cold isnt a problem which might stop the fun.
Sunday Training 10.30 am Session
By the end of the 8.30 session we did actually have a light but consistant breeze now out of the N/E so we set a windward leeward course yes a lots of tacking upwind course just out the front . It was always going to be a bit of a challenge so I sat everyone down and and reinforced light weather sailing where we chjace the wind not the rounding mark. We set everyone off and straight away things werent going well with most of the group caught up in a bundle of boats . Mason in the laser soon got the idea and was off around the course with Jade not far behind and the rest of the fleet were soon following well except of Dean who was the unlucky one sailing into several dead spots but with a push or to from the start boat he was soon managing the difficult conditions .
I should add that by the time they all got out there the wind had dropped down to between half and one knot but they all managed to come to grips with the conditions . To me it showed that they are all keen to learn more because there is nothing more frustrating that sailing in super light winds so well done everyone and lets hope next weekend has a lot more wind!
Sunday Open Racing 1.30 pm
With conditions really slowing wind wise with at times absolutely no wind I left the decision to race up to the fleet as it was our first official race day under covid 19 level three guidelines . A few of the guys werent keen buck six sailors said that they would give it a try so we set up the usual windward leeward course that has been our training course while in lock down . Luckily when we set up on station the wind had come back a little and had a big easterly component in it so we set a start line down towards runners and a top mark adjacent to the canal entry near the club . The starts were keenly contested even if everyone was generally a bit early and had to run the line for a second or too but at least they were all up there ready to go . The wind probably maxed out at around 4 knots but at least it was consistant allowing everyone to get around the simple upwind downwind course and yes Greg the were gybing on the downwind and unlike some people they had no trouble with counting their gybes ! We ran five short races then called it quits as the wind was starting to weaken and the outgoing tide was getting stronger so better to sail back to the club while everyone could .
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