8.30 am Sunday Juniors ;
With a temperature of only 8 degrees at my place at 5.30 am it was certainly a cool start to the day with even Charlie wearing a jumper . The sun was shining though and the water was clear if not a bit cold but the down side was the wind was a westerly which means wind all over the place . I set a course for everyone angled from the club to the bridge and luckily the wind was generally fairly light conditions . Casey again had the junior/ junior sailors on board teaching them some very funny steering moves I think their called circles? while both the Taine's just cruised around the course and Charlie under her new coach Addy worked on her tacking technique ,yes apparently Charlie Bratton has been given the flick as Charlie's coach not sure what happened there maybe it was a difference of coaching style ? All in all it was a great session which was followed by very warm showers. Oh I almost forgot there is a rumour that Casey may have a new nick name thanks to a well placed booger by one of her students but you will have to ask her what it is !
10.30 am Sunday Juniors ;
By the time we got underway with this session the dreaded westerly had picked up in strength and was becoming very bullety with quite strong gust coming through making it very difficult to sail. Flinn and Kaleb in lasers had a bit of trouble at first with the gusts resulting in a few capsizes but after some instruction from Casey and Charlie B in the safety boat they started letting the main off earlier and hiking out which generated more speed and stability . Addy and Ollie in the bic,s just cruised around the course showing their improved style over the last few weeks which is looking good for the Mid Winter Cup . Eddy had some trouble with the gusty conditions which were not helped by her turbo laser being out of action which resulted in her not being able to flatten everything out so to her her along her coach sailed with her during the session and no I didn't get wet or fall out NO WAY TOO COLD !! both Eddies and Kalebs laser have been repaired and should be ready for a practice run on Sunday prior to the Mid Winter Cup.
1.30 pm Open Racing;
With bright sunshine but a very cold N/W wind at around 2/ 18 knots I set a start down near runners with a top mark just past the canal and a third mark over near the boat ramps at runners so that I could get some windward leeward and triangles in . Yes after recent start line experiences the first start resulted in a recall with my count of seven boats over at the start and how early were they, well lets just say they were all looking back at the start boat when the horn went . Start two wasn't much better with a collision at the start between Tom , Casey , Greg and John P which was at speed but amazingly no injuries or damage . Casey was forced down by Tom who had nowhere to go so effectively they were both barging and Greg came out the worst starting last and a bit cranky . I have to say that cranky works well for Greg as he just sailed the pants of his boat and yes you guessed it he came first over the line after an hour and twelve minutes and just 3 seconds in front a truly awesome comeback . There where a few swims due to the massive knocks and a lot of very cold looking sailors at the end and I have no doubt everyone slept well on Sunday Night !
John Murphy Invitational Mid Winter Cup
Pan Pacific Masters Games
CU on the water