8.30 AM Sunday Juniors
Sunday started with blue skies and light winds so with 12 people already letting us know that they would be attending we knew we were going to have a big morning but hopefully not as big as the week before where we nearly ran out of boats but this week with 19 budding sailors signed on we knew that we would be just cruising along.
Briefing was again done by Tristan as he learns more about teaching people to sail and how to present it at the white board before he jumped on a boat and took a sailor out to show him tacking and general steering , Jade took some new sailors out as well while Taylah Dan and I did some in shore teaching before letting everyone go out with the rest of the fleet .
Jason and Guy set a nice course up and down the channel to cater for the fleet in a nice easterly wind at around 4/5 knots which gave everyone the opportunity to practice tacking and gybing in the gentle conditions . Gemma found a new way to return to shore while the student steered and that was to jump out of the boat and get dragged along by the traveller , fair enough it worked but I think I will stick to a more conventional return by pointing the boat up to no sail zone but who knows Gem your new way might take off !!!
10.30 am Youth Training
With a couple of first timers ( wetsuit 1/2 ) having their first go we had to put Zach in the Taz as we had run out of training boats but he took to the boat like a duck to water and was soon cruising around the triangle definitely faster than the Bic,s especially with the bigger sail which is also new so plenty of power for the light winds .
The wind started to go E/S/E around 4 knots gusting to 7 knots so we sent everyone around a port triangle which nearly everyone got well except for the wetsuit sisters who did struggle for the first half of the session but some intense coaching from the safety boat soon had them doing much better , dont forget girls we all have to start somewhere and there is bound to be a few swims along the way but I think you will make it . Generally amongst the rest everyone went well even Gemma found the benefits of when gybing hang on to the steering as this avoids circles and capsizes right Gem ? Torsen who has graduated to the Bic from the Tera slipped a slid a bit but overall was much improved especially as he now sails with the bung in ! sorry torsen I had to mention it but well done mate ..
1.30 pm Youth Racing
With the winds staying roughly e/s/e at around 4-5 knots we set a start line at the pontoon heading south towards the green channel marker and with 8 boats circling around the start line watching the flags it had the makings of a great start by everyone , ok there was some coaching from the gallery but generally everyone was behaving up until the 1 minute flag where the start line area started to get a bit congested so by the time the start flag dropped we did have an over early in Tristan who as a true professional when informed turned around and came back and re started . Jade just bolted and soon had a handy lead while Daniel was being harassed by Harvey and Reece but he slowly pulled away leaving Reece and Harvey to battle it out while Zach was holding his own in 5th place . Tristan slowly fought back from last after his restart but in his hurry to catch up he hit a mark resulting in a penalty turn and then to round of his day he capsized in the down wind but still finished 6th . After the race I showed him the times and it worked out that if he didnt get the penalties he would have at least finished 4th if not better so keep trying mate theres always next race . Positions 1st Harvey , 2nd Jade 3rd Daniel 4th Reece 5th Zach 6th Tristan 5th Torsen and 8th Laya . There is a time penalty on Jade and Daniel of 1 minute per lap as they are basically racing in green fleet so that all the green fleet sailors have a chance at beeting them and to also improve Jade and Dans race skills .
Easter holidays camp 3/4 april
All boats Regatta lake cootharaba 7/9 april
CU on the water