Another great week on the water with a holiday camp Mon/Tue with a great bunch of kids attending with conditions from 8/12 knots on day one and 6/8 knots on day two.
As special thanks to Dylan, Charlie, Oscar and Mark who volunteered their time over the two days, I am not sure who had the most fun the students or the volunteers. The work continued through to Friday with preparations for all the 2014 events and ongoing repairs to club equipment and I better not forget the multiple trailer which is now set up to transport the Open Bics to Port Stephens this week for the Nationals. Everyone wishes Luka, Dylan, Charlie and George all the best for this major event with at last count 45 entries in the Open Bic Class in the waters around Port Stephens. See you there on Sunday!
8.30am Sunday Juniors:
Sunday dawned with blue skies and 3/5 knot winds which were excellent for beginners. A nice e/s/e wind came up allowing everyone to sail right in front of the club so that Mums and Dads could watch from the shore. There was some very good performances on the day with a few boys being offered the opportunity to advance to 10.30 class based on the days performance on the water. I have to also give Abbey (better known as Pizza) a big wrap as each week her sailing especially steering just keeps improving, well done Abb's. Also thanks again to Charlie, Dallas and Jasmine for helping with a few of the new people especially teaching them how to steer.
10.30 Sunday Juniors;
The Sunday group was quite large with all the available Tera,s being used with two lasers (Sam & Jasmine) and one Bic (Dallas). We set everyone a triangle course in winds around 6/7 knots and lots of tide so the windward mark was unmakeable without tacking, it took everyone a few laps but they all finally got the hang of it with Luka, Sam and Mark being the standouts .
We then reset the windward mark a bit closer and had some off the beach start races with everyone making the best of getting around the course with some excellent skills being shown especially around the gybe mark (Luka) and general boat speed (Sam) all in all everyone came back to shore with smiles all around and happy with their individual performance. Now all we need to do is teach the boaties how to keep clear so the kids can enjoy their morning.
We had the final training session in the Bics on Friday afternoon prior to the Port Stephens Event with the focus on starts with Sienna being the standout by being at the line with 10 seconds to go each time and also Dylan (CT) with the most consistent finishes (second) . These guys (Dylan, Charlie, Sienna & Luka) are set very difficult courses and in recent weeks have shown that they have actually been listening to their coach and are making each challenge look easy, all we need to do now is get Luka to let the sail out more on the downwind to stop the Gybing and capsizing.
Charlie thought he had a great idea to get the mud off his sail after capsizing at the start line and that was to capsize again and you guessed it it didn’t work all it did was put more mud on the sail which he then managed to flick over everyone else out there. I think we will scratch that mud removal idea hey Charlie.
Club Racing; Club racing starts on Sunday the 2nd of February with a 10 race series including a round of the Queensland Laser Traveller Series on March 23rd and I mustn’t forget the start of the innagural Open Bic River Series starting on February the 16th. The Calendar is available on the website or at the club.
Trivia: I have to mention a incident involving a sailors hat, it seems that Sylvia while sailing lost her hat the other weekend and once back on shore with her eagle eyes spotted it floating just out front of the pontoon and convinced Phil to swim out and retrieve her prized hat! unfortunately all Phil returned with was a black pot plant holder (didn’t look much like at Hat! To me) so for future reference if Sylvia spots something on the water and before you dive in to retrieve it make sure its not a pot plant holder!!!
PS: The Club is closed next weekend for the Australia Day weekend, can you imagine how many boats and jetskis will be out there?
CU on the water
Paradise Point Sailing Club
Gold Coast Qld 4216
Mob 0407 145397