Booking for the midwinter cup will open this weekend and with only two club Bics left to lease its time to hurry up and grab a boat . I should also mention the awesome job Kelly and her team are doing in the canteen the coffee is great and I even had a hot chocolate on sunday and it was perfect , the girls also have big plans for midwinter cup as well so its sounds like we will be well looked after over that weekend .
8.30 am Sunday Juniors :
Even though it was predicted to be cold on sunday morning it was actually quite mild and with a good bunch of junior sailors signing on and yes we had another first timer in Ella who was lucky enough to have Jade help her out through the morning so thanks Jade for your efforts . Once everyone was rigged and heading for the beach we launched Charlie in Sarah cooper and then watched as he got some paddling practice while drifting under the bridge why ? well I had been working on the fuel system on friday and turned the fuel off so yep he ran out of fuel about which he became very vocal but as I said the person driving the boat is responsible for checking the boat and it was very funny watching him paddling! Tristan in the bic made a bet with charlie as well that he would not look at his rudder when tacking and at first he was going well even his dad Jason was getting excited but old habits die hard and we were soon back to capsize practice so keep working on it Tristian . Ben brought a friend along for his first try at sailing and he did well showing the ropes Iam not sure if they capsized or not but they looked very wet at the end and finally Jason was kept busy on sarah c dragging boats back from under the bridge right Finn !
10.30 am Youth Training :
This group of sailors in bics and Lasers are really rising to the challenge and are at times even listening to the coaches even in the classroom where all the curly questions are asked like if my outside telltales are curling toward the mast on a reach what does it mean and how can I fix it ? If you would like to know the answer maybe ask one of them on the weekend should be an interesting exercise and hopefully the right answer .
The conditions were good with winds around 6 knots from the south so we started with a bit of mark rounding then a sail south upwind then bearaway roundings nearly like charlie showed them the week before and generally we had some pretty good results . We even had Maddy sailing better around the marks rather than miss the marks and hiking out more and looking comfortable . With no Ross as had had a sore throat which none of us wanted it was a bit quieter than normal but he was back on wednesday afternoon for coaching and definitely was over the sore throat . I know I have said this before but this group of Youth sailors are really starting to surprise both Charlie and I and work well as a team which will be invaluable in the Mid Winter Cup , Manly Youth week and the Yepoon so well done everyone on you awesome efforts .
1.30 PM OPEN RACING :
The days racing was a non championship race and after consultation with Greg we decided on a series of short races from in front of the club to a turning buoy just short of the yellow x in the middle of the channel so basically a dead upwind and then virtually a dead downwind back to the finish line . The wind was around 5/8 knots from the s/s/e so just perfect for starting practice and upwind and downwind, The start line was hotly contested each start with the Youth group really mixing it with the adults no yelling but a lot of close racing and the occassional bump but the surprise package was Jade who nailed one start in her Bic and was first over the start line yep in front of the lasers and just took off upwind great work Jade . Greg Tom Steve and JB had some really good tussles with some really close finishes but I did have a quick word with Tom afterwards when he asked if he was pumping and rocking too much and I said he should include hooching ??? yep look it up it actually exists and yes he was making it too obvious . Another Bic sailor who is improving week to week is Daniel who is out there every sunday from helping juniors to training and racing so Charlie in race four coached him upwind and then downwind and instead of being 100 metres behind Jade at the finish he was about five metres so dont forget what Charlie showed you next weekend he was a really good Bic sailor when he was little emphasis on little !
Mid Winter Cup 26/27 June bookings open this weekend
Manly Youth week early July check their website for details
CU on the water