8.30 am Sunday Juniors ;
It was Mothers Day last Sunday so we didn't expect many sailors especially for the early class and as expected we only had 8 sailors rigging boats on what was a perfect morning for juniors with blue skies and winds from the west at around 6 knots . After a few adjustments to the course as the wind shifted around everyone started cruising around the course . It was perfect for everyone to practice steering and tacking and also for Jack and Dean to sail the taz for the first time with a jib ! and after a bit of coaching on shore they actually nailed it not only in the tacks but also sail trim on the reaches , well done boys .I cant even remember if anyone capsized but then again who would want too its definitely starting to cool down on the water.
10.30 Sunday Juniors ;
With the Mid Winter Cup now fast approaching I decided that the group should practice closehauled and running even though most of the team will be green fleet competitors its very good to practice these sailing angles . We even had a visitor in this class who we havnt seen since last year and welcome back Lewin .
The upwind did stump everyone at first but after a few laps it started to click with everyone starting to get the upwind technique which involved a tight course and upwind tacking ? Once Addy latched onto the back of Lewin she was off as well thanks to Casey's coaching and even Kaleb started to sail upwind well again thanks to Casey's help . Eddie and Aidan struggled a bit as well but Charlie and I kept following them around the course working on both the upwind and down wind techniques . Oh yes Abbey was out there as well but we hardly went near her as she does already know how to sail these angles . My big tip for the day especially for the upwind parts was to not only look at the luff but to work on understanding what its telling you?
1.30 pm Open Racing ;
With nearly perfect conditions with the wind out of the s/e at around 6/8 knots and an outgoing tide I set the start just south of the club and two buoys down near runners so that we had both triangles and windward leeward laps . The start line favored a port start but a starboard was possible but it didn't matter anyway as the first start was a general recall with four boats over tangled together and yes crash John was in there ! The only person disappointed was Lance who had his best start since beginning racing only to be called back . Once we got everyone underway the second time it slowly settled up the front into a three boat tussle with Greg, Peter and John battling out for first second and third which was actually how it worked out at the finish with Roger a close fourth . Everyone went over the line with a smile on their face telling me they really enjoyed their sail . The only down point was that again someone either ran over one of our race buoys or cut the line as I had to race up and grab the buoy of the beach and reset it before the fleet arrived.
Firstly I would like to thank the Mums for working the canteen on Sunday , the canteens financial contributions are what helps make the club financially sound so great work everyone .
We are also looking for multiple volunteers for the Mid Winter Cup so if you would like to help in any capacity like beach support , ground crew or boat crew ( no experience needed ) just let us know.
Mid Winter Cup Reminder :
Saturday night we have organised a dinner at the bowls club and yes we are doing barefoot bowls again so it should be good fun , you can book online or at the club. Details here.
Public Nuisance Racing ;
If you are free from four pm on Wednesdays we need crew for the yacht and yes we can teach you on the job its great fun cruising around the Broadwater on a Wednesday arvo !
CU on the water