What a hot weekend especially Saturday cooking sausages at Bunnings, all I can say is thank god there was a breeze.
Our first of two Bunnings fundraising Barbecues was held last Saturday and was an overall success raising over $1,250.00 for the club to purchase more safety equipment and general running costs. This amount was raised due to the generosity of the club Secretary and President who supplied all the food, drink and condiments for the day at no cost to the club. The club has always paid its own way in the past but it was not able to this time around having just paid out some large invoices for Insurances, affiliation fees, Electricity and Gas .
Thanks to everyone who turned up and helped on the day especially the cooking people as it was murder over the barby with heat and smoke. Don't forget if you are free on the 19th of April and have a couple of hours to spare put your name on the list at the club as we will hopefully have an even better day being a long weekend, you better bring your sense of humour as their was a lot of laughter including our Treasurers nightmares about Coffee machines and James Bond Movies.
8.30 am Sunday Juniors:
The 8.30 juniors had again a few new faces who signed up to give sailing a try and with light winds and blue skies it was absolutely perfect for a morning on the water. Aidan was in charge out on the water and I was in the water teaching Henry how to tack and with a nice n/w wind he was able to sail out to the first buoy and back and even tell his crew when to let the sail out. Forte did her usual and capsized with a new sailor on board who looked a bit cold when she brought him back so we sent him off for a shower. Even Abbey (Pizza) had a good sail despite the boys being a bit disruptive as usual. Even her dad went out and managed to kind of get out on the trapeze (not quite enough wind !) sorry they weren’t in a tera they were in a Tazar .
10.30 Sunday Juniors:
We again had a great rollup in this session and the decision was made to give them a race from Ephriam over to the club and back. Unfortunately they didn’t take enough notice of my briefing when I said to watch out for the current so it took some time to get them behind the start line so that Aidan could start them with me and my crew having to tow a few people back from down south because they were trying to sail in the no sail zone right Alex, Buttercup and I think Mat! if I got that wrong sorry Mat. Once we got them started the soon came to grips with the difficult conditions and had four good races with the majority of boats doing well even if a few missed the Ephriam mark right India! Lastly don’t forget you guys that there is no 10.30 class next Sunday due to the club hosting a round of the Laser Traveller series.
Open Bic 1.30 race:
With Dallas out of action due to his attempt at head butting concrete Michael got his BIC with the usual culprits in the rest of the club boats and Luka and Charlie in theirs, we even had three Teras out there with a couple of previous racers in Katy and Sybren coming down for a race. We had two races with a very difficult upwind with a northerly at 10/12 knots and lots of current. As part of George's campaign for the midwinter cup, youth week and the BIC Worlds George is using this series to sharpen his BIC skills and it certainly showed on Sunday with him sailing away in both races with his upwind work great to watch as I hope a few of our regulars did as it was a classic example of how to use the gusts upwind and keep speed. He had close company with Dylan, Charlie and Patrick (Tera) not far behind. Sienna was a bit cruisey as was Michael and Luka although they could not have even completed the course last year so well done everyone. I suppose I should thank my start crew with Jasmine, Ella and Jack running the flags and providing comedy relief while everyone was racing.
Open Racing 1.30;
Although the fleet was only 10 boats and they all picked Radial ??? for the day they had good conditions wind wise with a good 12/16 knots on the other side of Ephriam, the only draw back was of course the tide. I got a radio call from Ted and Aidan after about half an hour telling me that we might have to shorten the course which of course I said no to as it looked fine where we were in front of the club but after the second radio call half an hour later I relented and said OK to a shortened course which still took everyone nearly two hours except Will (tiller extension broke) Pieter (back spasms) and Lachy (tide). I have to say everyone looked a bit shattered back on shore with everyone complaining about leg muscles and general body aches ! hey I was just get you all ready for next weekend. Lastly don’t forget next weekend is the big one with a big fleet expected and some hot racing, we have even found the shortened course flag Aidan !
CU all on the water
Paradise Point Sailing Club
Gold Coast Qld 4216
Mob 0407 145397