8.30 am Sunday Juniors:
Well the cooler weather is finally taking its toll on our Sunday numbers with only seven keen sailors signing on for their dose of Sunday sailing . The conditions were perfect with a roughly early westerly wind at around 5 knots with an occassional 7/8 gust and with smooth water and Sunny skies everyone hit the water for some tacking and the odd gybe . Aithen and Jade were in the bics again and to be honest they both had a few moments with the gusty bits but with the help of both Addy ( Jade ) and Eddy ( Aithen ) they both managed to improve with Aithen working on facing the front and Jade coming to grips with the bullets . As Jack was off sick Dean sailed with Archie and once they sorted out who did what they were off and just cruising with smooth tacks good steering and consistant sail trim . Blake and Caelan were a bit shaky at first as Caelen was steering but they soon had the course down pat with some good tacks and gybes and yes they still wanted to capsize at the end ? ok they had wetsuits on but it was still cold .
10.30 am Sunday Training:
Again we only had a small group of sailors for this session mainly all the crew who are entering the midwinter cup as they wnat the practice . We started with the pre sail briefing working on upwind and downwind sail set , rig set and weight position . I have to admit a few are now at least having a go at answering the briefing questions Ok we have to discount Charlie as he doesnt count . Now all we have to do is transfer the briefing to the water before we get out there ! We set a reach to start and then we sent nearly everyone off to the upwind downwind course . Addy just took off on the upwind as did Abby and Eddy ( in her new boat ) with Jackson now in a 4.7 rig not far behind but again at first the downwind still got everyone with not letting their sails out and not sailing around the downwind bouy hardening up then tacking that was until both Charlie and I started coaching them around the mark so tha the top mark was makeable in one tack not four so good work everyone as it looked really efficient towards the end with everyone sailing at good speed .
1.30 PM Open Racing ;
With the winds now coming from the S/S/E at around 7/ 9 knots we set a course starting the club side of the canal with the windward mark as usual down near Runners and a third mark at the top of Soverign making it a combination of windward leeward and a broadreach and windward return finishing at A mark . So how was the start ? well you would think with only seven boats at the line it would be pretty simple and you would be wrong yes a general recall this time started by Casey and Greg , everyone was so early we didnt even bother putting the flag up just sounded the horn as they all new they were over well except for Charlie and Simone . With a more orderly start the second time everyone was off but it was soon evident that we might have to shorten the course as the wind although still consistant dropped by a couple of knots really slowing the fleet down well except for Greg who just sailed away from everyone ? so how did he do it well he sold his laser last week so I offered him my boat which luckily for him is an X 2012 Perth worlds boat built for upwind and reaching ( my favourites ) . Greg said once he realised how high it could point he just let her go and she just cruised away and yes his new boat is coming with the same mast rake dimensions so look out . So obviously Greg was first with Russell second and Roger third and the overall point score for the year has Greg in front by one point over Casey and Tom third