8.30 am Sunday Juniors :
Ok its official winter is coming with our first really chilly mornings now here so its wetsuit time especially for the early sailors . The conditions were perfect with blue skies and light winds roughly the west at around 5 knots it was perfect conditions for steering practice . Serena had her first real go at steering and with her usual smiles she went very well , Josh and co did occasionally get themselves into trouble near the bridge in the wind shadow but without help managed to sail themselves back out and on course . Eddy took our new sailor Taylor for a sail in the laser as he was a bit shy with getting into a Tera . Eddy is really moving forward as a assistant and should make a great qualified assistant Instructor when she turns twelve with her patience and ever increasing sailing knowledge .
10.30 am Sunday Juniors ;
I am not sure if its the cooling conditions or not but our numbers are dropping in this session and without Abbey and Ben able to come due to Andrews recent accident we only had six sailors on the water . The course we set went from the club down to the canal then back up toward the bridge then back west toward the club buoy ! yes Ollie it was a triangle . Speaking of Ollie as usual he nailed it from the start and with only a little help from Charlie he was off and running . Addy and Eddie did struggle with bear away and upwind at first but they managed to again improve under some safety boat instruction . Mason in only his third go in the Open Bic just couldn't grasp the downwind in the Bic as he found out how if not sailed right the tend to capsize a lot resulting in one very frustrated young sailor , hopefully our talk back at the beach will help next weekend .
1.30 Pm Open Race ;
With absolutely great sailing conditions if not quite enough wind we had a good sized fleet out at the start line ready for two short races with each consisting of a triangle and sausage . Everyone was again a bit excited in the first race which resulted in a general recall . My boat crew on the day ( Glen and Addy ) were well prepared for the recall as I knew with ten seconds to go they would be over yep just too excited . The second start was much more civilised with Tom getting away in front and getting a great lift which just pulled him away from the fleet . We lost Roger half way through the race with a broken main sheet block which he managed to repair for race two With race two again the start line was busy with Ben up at the front with Tom Greg Casey and Russell and Greg turning the tables from race one with a brilliant port start catching everyone napping and just streeted the field around the course which by this time had developed into a very shifty wind course which coupled with the outgoing tide certainly made the upwind tricky. Russell had the biggest grin with as he says his first bronze medal coming third over the line in race too well done mate .
Public Nuisance Wednesday twilights ;
We the saga continues from our first race where we ran aground three times to this week where we arrived to find the main halyard half way up the mast which too a bit of skill and a special hand made tool to untangle it from the rigging and reset it which made us too late for the start but we went out anyway . The crew consisted of me Frank, Casey, Pat yes Pat! and Eddy who was coming for the first time , conditions were reasonable with a southerly wind at around 12/16 knots so a bit of upwind tacking was in order and after a few sloppy results early everyone got down to some very smooth tacks well that is until the jib which was very old decide to tear from top to bottom so it was down sails and motor home but at least we had some fun !
Upcoming Events ;
Yes the Mid winter cup is only five weeks away and registrations are starting to flow in so its shaping up to a great weekend and don't forget the Saturday night dinner and raffle at Paradise Point Bowls Club with even non competitors welcome it includes barefoot bowls which was a big hit with everyone at Christmas .
CU on the water