Sunday Juniors 8.30 am session:
Last Sunday was again another perfect Sunday morning with even the temperature up a couple of degrees from the previous sunday but unfortunately I couldnt say that for the water temperature . As usual all our keen young sailors turned up early with smiles on their faces and were soon kitted out and ready to start rigging . Charlie Abby and I were soon running around with a few of the dads help rig boats finding missing ropes and sorting out sails but we were soon ready to have a briefing and hit the water.
Conditions were a bit light at first with a really soft breeze from the n/w so the course was set from the beach to about half way along the bridge with both tacking and gybing possible . The wind soon moved a bit more north and increased up about a solid 1knot so we stretched the course out toward Ephriam just to give everyone a longer course and a more enjoyable sail . I have to say all these young sailors in this group are really starting to show their new found skills not only on the water but at the briefing where questions on conditions on parts of the boat and sailing conditions are being answered without hesitation and again with a smile on the face so well done everyone.
Sunday Training 10.30 am Session:
Like the 8.30 am session people are generally arriving early which helps the group to be on the water earlier and allow me more time for a de brief all be it a short one .
When I announced to the group at the briefing that the days course would be triangles there was the odd moan from the group and to just make it more interesting I set a reverse triangle and then had the group tell me how each buoy would be rounded which certainly brought out some interesting answers but you could see the thinking caps were on . Everyone soon left the beach well except for Jade and Ross who took forever to set off ? Jack and Dean soon had the course nailed and both boys sailed well and came in with grins . Kaia who is normally a bit slow of the beach was second off the beach and after a couple of laps soon had the angles down pat . As usual Jade just took off with Ross trying to follow in the other Bic but here smoothness in the water soon had her away .
Madisons parents have brought her a Open Bic which is coming down next weekend for its first sail so she is very excited and that means her club boat can be passed on to another keen young sailor . As usual thanks to all our sailors for derigging washing and storing their boats as it definitely helps with the pack up at the end of the day.
1.30 p :m Open Racing
With the winds starting to shift around more by 12.30 it was a bit of a challenge setting a suitable course now that racing is back on the calendar . The wind was predominately West but shifting from n/w to s/w so we set a start over towards crab island and the upwind ( yes we managed to get an upwind in ) buoy set on the southern side of the canal with a third buoy out to the east so we could include triangles .The start was good well excepty for Tom who thought he could come in from the east while everyone else came in from the west and his timing was off so he started last . The rest of the group headed of on the upwind but Greg just rocketed away with the full sail on trimmed perfectly and was never headed while everyone else struggled especially with the dead spots and large wind shifts although Tom slowly worked his way back to second and even went through the finish line without capsizing , yep it was definitely a tough sail even returning to the beach in the shifty westerly caught a few people out and the just walked their boats home .
All in all a good day to be on the water.
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