We are also having a club maintenance day on saturday the 15th of may starting at 9am , we are looking at some painting and general maintenance so if you have some time to spare let us know or just turn up and dig in .
8.30 am Sunday Juniors;
It soon became obvious on sunday morning with winds reaching up to 20 knots that it would be too much for our junior sailors so at 7.30 am I posted the cancellation on facebook and the website , of course as soon as I did this the winds dropped to 10 knots which had me shaking my head but never fear it was blowing again by 8.00 am with white caps and chop . We did have two people on the water in Jack and Dean who decided to give it a go and despite an early capsize we soon had them flying around the buoys . its amazing the difference pulling the sail on does for boat stability right boys !!! well done guys it was awesome to watch.
10.30 am Youth Training :
With the winds steady at 15 knots from the s/e it was perfect for this group , Lincoln had his Bic ready at 10.30 as did Jade and soon after so did Daniel and Ross with a bit of help from Charlie fixing his outhaul . Taylah was a bit frustrated because her rigging crew was a bit slow so I suggested a quiet chat afterwards to see if dad could work a bit faster . Everyone trained well with linc and dan working at getting their boats going to windward while we sent the others off down to the canal and back for some true upwinds in winds around 16 knots . We are starting to talk about rules starting on port starboard for both the Mid Winter Cup and then Youth Week , its always the same when I start on this aspect of sailing the look of total confusion on everyones faces as they try to figure out in their heads what tack they are on so remember everyone tiller in left hand starboard tack and tiller in right hand port tack..
1.30 pm Open Racing:
The conditions had settled into a s/s/e wind by one pm and the wind speed was still around 15 knots gusting 18 so we set the start right in front the club with a middle buoy just past the canal and a top buoy down near the X which created a really good upwind then downwind course . All the Youth sailors parents were happy as for once they could watch their kids start a race then head off around the course . Tom and Greg had their usual tussle while Roger struggled a bit in a radial which made him slightly overpowered at times and young Ross kept him honest in his 4.7 until Roger slowly made a gap . In the Bics Jade just took of on the upwind as at the moment she points higher to windward than Daniel but Iam sure he is going to work on that . There were a few swims on the day but each time it happened I of course was looking elsewhere but Charlie filled me in on the circumstances so I was always up to speed on what happened each time , so how come Charlie saw each one well he just kept watching Taylah yep she had four swims and apparently it as cold ! thank god dad convinced her to wear a wetsuit at least , we are going to have to teach her dry capsizing especially with winter coming.
Finally after racing each other around the course Tom and Greg were heading back to the club finish line almost neck and neck when tom had the biggest save I can recall where a bullet got him and she tried to high side herself and to save it Tom had to virtually stand up truly awesome save Tom we all thought you were gone and still managed to finish behind Greg by two seconds .
Mothers Day this weekend sausage sizzle!
Saturday 15th Working bee at club
CU on the water