8.30 am Sunday Juniors ;
Sundays forecast was a bit iffy with reasonable winds predicted of up to 20 knots so we had a few early cancellations and of course when that happens you guessed it the strong winds dont arrive . Harvey and Tristan couldnt wait to get out there so their boats were soon on the beach ready to go and we soon had everyone else ready so it was off to the class room for Charlies briefing . The winds were roughly south at around 4/6 knots and with Guy and Jason on sarah cooper we soon had everyone on the water , some people miss behaved and were jumping off boats but it was soon rectified when the safety crew used the old standard warning which is if you keep it up we will tell JOHN!! and you will be sent to shore , works every time . There was also the odd drift under the bridge so while sarah cooper was busy towing people back Charlie in the white boat kept an eye on everyone else . Tristan had some troubles after tacking but we talked about it back on shore and he has promised to stop looking at the rudder when he comes out of the tack ! otherwise he was sailing well , Jack and Dean are also really improving especially their tacking just so smooth boys .
10.30 am Youth Training ;
Well this group of sailors are just improving every week so we have decided that rules are now part of their sail training so we spent some time discussing basic rules before hitting the water . We did discuss one aspect of sailing though and that was roll tacks and their benefits and why we do it and we had some very good answers there . As usual Jade just cruised but occassionally took a bit of convincing to gybe using the old chestnut that the tiller extension is too long ( its new ) Ross slowed up just a bit in his rolls and Taylah is still working on roll technique . Linc and Daniel in bics also are really getting their act together and improving every week , oh where was Abby well she was there but had an infected ingrown toe nail removed ( ouch ) during the week so no sailing day but plenty of boat driving. Finally I should mention what the conditions were like well winds were turning s/e at around 6/8 knots so we set two courses with one close reach and broad reach and one basically upwind down wind but we did push the upwind downwind as the bearaways were a bit tricky.
1.30 pm Open Racing;
We again set the start finish line at the club pontoon as it was perfect for a solid upwing to A mark down at the x then a long run up the outer channel before returning to the finish so yes not a long race but some good fun . Unfortunately for Ross he didnt make the start having capsized just before the start and hurting his back so back to shore for one very disappointed sailor and we also had Greg out due to surgery so Jade was happy as she calls him seagull why ? because he is always yelling uup ! uup ! at the start which unnerves her but he will be back next week . Adrian had the best start on port and actually cleared the fleet with Matt flying and also Jade who was the first bic to cross . The upwind was a bit of a slog to A with just enough wind to keep up boat speed , Matt soon got in front with Steve behind him and trying desperately to catch him but a poor start didnt help . Jade in her Bic really sailed well especially upwind and even gybed the B mark well , Daniel found another sand bank and capsized but we new he was ok because he walked around his boat and got it up and continued on , dont worry Dan your not the only one to find the sand banks we have all been there .
Last boat home was Daniel in 58 minutes with the fastest being Matt in just under 40 minutes , overall on handicap I think it was a pretty close thing with Taylah finishing well but probably Jade with the Bic handicap looking very dangerous to take it out.
DONT FORGET MIDWINTER CUP 26/27 JUNE
CU on the water