Sunday Juniors 8.30 am;
Well the weather was overcast, humid and raining but we still had 15 Junior and new sailors turn up on the day to tryout the light conditions of around 6 knots . Firstly a special thank you to Dallas and Charlie who volunteered their time to take some of the new people sailing and showing them the ropes even if Charlie did throw Laura over the side at one stage at least she was laughing when she surfaced. The other standouts on the day were Abbey and Forte who both steered their boats around the reaching course with very few hiccups. As usual their was a few capsizes and some swimming but all in all a good mornings sailing. Another thank you to Andrew (Abbeys dad) for operating the rescue boat for the session, he did a great job looking after the kids and keeping other waterway users away for the kids.
Sunday Juniors 10.30 am;
The usual mob turned up and from the start were keen to get started so we set a easy triangle race course with for a change an on water start. With Dallas out in front and everyone hot on his heels in the first couple of races we decided to lengthen the course and include a much harder upwind well what we thought was a hard upwind leg which turned out not so hard with everyone tacking the lead of when to tack of Dallas to best lay the line to the top mark. Although Dallas who is relishing the Bic one all races the competition behind him was definitely on with a lot of buoy room calls and due to the outgoing tide a bit of running aground. India took her friend Hope out to try sailing but we think she must have scared her of with a bit of fast sailing as she had to drop her off ashore then continue racing, OH well India maybe next time she will like it more.
Open Racing 1.30;
Firstly we had the open laser fleet set of in conditions which were less than favourable with the wind shifting and plenty of holes to sail into, it was definitely the luck of the draw sailing you were either in a good lift or going backwards with Jason the first to make it around the course in just on 1.5 hrs and we even shortened the course and it still took that long. I think everyone was happy it was over as it was just one of those days. Apparently it was so slow John Pring fell out of his boat (probably fell asleep)
Included now in the open race we now have the open Bic sailors starting after the main fleet with a stand out performance from young Patrick who got the best lifts and completed the course around half an hour before the rest of the fleet, it was just one of those lucky days and the rest of the fleet just had to try their best just to find the wind. They all ended up finishing in one pack with no one able to get away or even threaten Patricks lead. With that sort of racing its looking good for the Mid Winter Cup (4/7 July)
I have to wish the guys the best of luck down south next weekend at the masters it looking like a big fleet so it should be very close racing and don’t forget the wetsuit just ask Tara Slocombe how cold it was in January.
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Paradise Point Sailing Club
Gold Coast Qld 4216
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