8.30 am Sunday Juniors;
After all last weeks rain sunday started out hot and humid early with Charlie Casey and I already perspiring at 7.30 when we were unpacking the club and it just got hotter as the morning progressed . With 17 juniors signing on for this session we soon had the boats rigged and ready then off to briefing where I talked about both the wind roughly north and the strong outgoing tide . As you can guess because of these conditions and no matter what we said on the water everyone tried to point into no sail zone so consequently Casey in the banana boat and me in Sarah c did a lot of towing back from down south of the club . I have to admit that conditions were tricky for our beginners but a few did start to come to grips with these challenging conditions even Eddie who had for students on a laser which is a challenge at the best of times . All in all everyone seemed pretty happy with their efforts and apparently being towed was fun !
10.30 am Sunday Juniors ;
Even with this class it was always going to be a struggle as the wind swung from n/w to n/e especially at first as we had to go and retrieve the marker buoy that Eddie managed to snag with her rudder and drag south and with everyone not realising at first that it was too far south had big trouble getting back to the mark near shore .
Once we moved it everyone really had to think and look at the sail for the tell tale signs of where the wind was coming from . We extended the course making it even more of a challenge trying to beat both the current and flukey winds . Everyone sailed well in the conditions watching their sails and wind shifts even Nelson didnt capsize which made his instructor ( Torin ) happy at not getting wet . We also had a talk about the Mid Winter Cup in June having a green learners fleet for Open Bic and that the opportunity to book a boat for the event will be opening as soon as we finalise the Insurance on the stolen parts .
1.30 pm Open Racing ;
With the winds finally tending n/e to e/n/e and the current on the turn we set a course starting down at runners and mark at at the club we set a triangle course combining windward leeward and triangles and yes we did put t a mark over near the rocks again but at least this time everyone went the right way ! The start was hotly contested with Greg having to come back after being just on a boat length over at the start but that set back didn't deter him as he set about catching the front runners in Steve , Tom and Peter with Casey in a radial hot on their heels . As the race progressed the wind picked up to around 12 knots giving everyone a chance to hike out and get some speed . Brendan had to pull out after breaking mum's tiller extension while Simone just couldn't get the try out boat to perform . For the injured sailors Tom ( bandage on head ) and Steve ( left over bump from last weeks gybe ) no swimming was involved on the day which was a great relief to both of them at the end of the day . Also thanks to Charlie for finishing everyone while I went out and helped Torin with his upwind on the last leg , I bet his hands were sore on Monday ! Finally Ben said he was glad he was flying to South Korea the next day as he was going to need the sleep after really hiking out on the reaches .
Public Nuisance is now registered for racing so all I have to do now is convince another adult to help sail her on the Wednesday night twilights and sort out the Youth crew !
Volunteers ; Again thanks to everyone who helped out in the canteen on Sunday without your help this vital fundraising activity wouldn't be able to support the club and its support of our junior sailors .
CU on the water