8,30 am Sunday Juniors
With strong westerly winds predicted the same as saturday we as usual didnt expect much of a turn up from our juniors but as usual the conditions were not as predicted with roughly northerly winds around 6 knots and blue skies . Harvey and Reece were first to arrive and soon had bics and teras out rigging them reece was even practicing his figure eight knots with Mum . Ross did the briefing as part of his practice towards his instructors qualification and did quite well and we soon had everyone on the water with a nice reach set up across the waterway . Prior to heading out we had a talk with Reece and Aidan about steering at the course buoys as in recent weeks they were missing them completely and with an incoming tide they would end up under the bridge again , but they both must have listened well as they were sailing right too the buoys especially Reece who really sailed well in fact the best I have ever seen him sail so well done Reece . Without Tristan around there were no accidental capsizes as apparently from what Harvey told everyone at the briefing he was in trouble at home but we will wait and get the full story next week .
10.30 am Youth Training
With everyone back from manly youth week we had a sit down and talk about everyones experiences and in general everyone said it was an eye opener with constantly changing conditions from light to 15 knots and totally different start sequences . The groups were not as big as previous years due to covid restrictions especially in NSW but they still had good numbers in each division especially in optis and sabots . The laser group complained about very light winds but still managed to get around the course , must have been all that light wind training Charlie and I made them do right guys? and apparently the winds came in on the last day so at least they could generate some speed . Jade in the bic was up against some stiff competition in Jonah and Addy both x p.p.s.c. sailors and managed to get second in girls and third overall which is a great result for someone who was always very shy and didnt want to sail too far from shore ! and after watching her Daniel has decided to enter next year so look out everyone he is really keen to catch up and enjoy the competition.
1.30 pm open racing
With conditions settling in with basically west/ north / west winds around 4/10 knots and an increasing incoming tide we set a start line in front of crab island and the A mark over at the boat ramp near runners then a third mark at the top of ephriam island . The start was good with everyone generally behaving themselves with Steve and Abby having a blinder start . The sail to A mark was really difficult with the current really affecting everyone but the worst was the pile driving barge which decided to motor through the fleet forcing everyone to take avoiding action ( yes commercial has right of way over sail ) then on the second run back from A ( downwind ) virtually everyone didnt see the gust as they approached B and there were quite a few capsizes and a bit of carnage with the worst outcome being Taylah who was going well up to then but after finally getting going again in 4.7 just didnt have the speed to catch up but at least she kept going. The finish line was set at the A mark so it was again very difficult to get over the line as Tom found out when he thought he had it in the bag against Greg and fell into a hole about three boat lengths from the line and just barely ghosted of the line in front of Greg JUST! ALL IN ALL A GOOD DAYS SAILING.
Upcoming ; Yepoon September
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