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8.30 am Sunday Juniors
With the temperature slowly dropping as winter fast approaches there was definitely a nip in the air when I arrived at the club at seven but definitely didnt deter a group of hardy young sailors and even a couple of newbies from signing on . The wind was basically from the west with a bit of shift in it at around 2/4 knots so just perfect for learning . Henry and Sky brother and sister were surprised when with some early instruction from jade we let them sail without an instructor and actually did well in the mild conditions as did emilio who is gaining confidence sailing solo each time he goes out . There was a bit of a change on the beach with the Instructors looking after the beach instead of me while as promised I crewed with Guy as he had been asking for some on water driving instructions as he was in charge of the safety boat while jason is away looking at polar bears yes you read it right Jason is looking at polar bears in the arctic . I should mention one of our assistant instructors who was away sick and that is Harvey it was a bit strange not having him around on sunday so get well soon mate ! we missed your help especially on the shore talking to people and thanks Reece for taking your friend out for a sail as well I noticed he came back in smiling ! so he must of had fun.
10.30 am Youth Training
Well after the previous weekend of no wind and also minus no wind nearly everyone turned up to go around again and at least this weekend there was more wind even if it was basically from the west which is always a bit of a challenge with it being shifty and flukey but at least we had winds from 4-7 knots which compared to the previous weekend was a definite improvement . We did discuss the previous weekends conditions at the briefing and then we had a look at the days course and how to sail it ? We did find out one thing in the session and that is we need to teach everyone what the navigation marks mean so next weekend charlie is going to give everyone a basic rundown on what the marks mean including the landmarks around our sailing area . The course seemed pretty simple to me which was down to the canal gybe the yellow and across the channel to the green nav mark then up to the clu and around the green club buoy so what went wrong ? well everyone followed Torsin who sailed straight past the yellow heading for the seaway so we were soon after the fleet to turn them around and sail against the tide and shifting winds which yes was a struggle for some of the sailors and the instructors but we finally got them all back there . So who sailed best well that would be Reece , Zach , Leila with Reece just flying around the course and Zach not far behind , remember everyone navigation marks next sunday!
1.30 PM Open Racing
With the wind speed increasing to around 8-12 knots and slowly turning north we set a course in the main channel starting down at runners with A and C in between ephriam and soverign so a good upwind slog made more interesting by the absolutely roaring tide ( we actually set the start line twice due to the tide flow ) With only four sailors out there it was a hotly contested start line with Casey , Greg and Nic right there as the flag dropped and Steve a couple of seconds behind . I took special interest at the start as Casey was sailing my new laser as yep I still have a dodgy ankle and Iam under doctors orders not to sail so I was just making sure nobody ( greg ) ran into it at the start but it was all good ! The upwind was full of tacking up the east bank out of the tide although Steve tried the west side but as soon as he tacked to come east the current got him and he just went sideways . Nic and Casey had a great battle on the upwind especially while was just behind but by the last upwind Case had broke free and sailed away coming over the line well first with Greg second and Nic third with steve after a couple of sand bar meetings fourth . Casey was super impressed with my boat and she said it is so light she had trouble at first tacking as it was really quick which is what I experienced on my first sail so to overcome it she didnt roll the tacks as much and she just accelerated away !
Club AGM June 3rd
Sunday 14th May Youth Racing plus mothers day
June 24-25 Annual Midwinter Youth Cup
CU on the water