Well what a week what with cancelling Mondays camp due to wild weather and then being lucky enough to run the second day with much better conditions.
Even though we did have to tow the boats up to Soveirgn Island to keep out of the still strong winds everyone had a great day on and in the water. There was lots of laughter and plenty of sailing with Flora being the stand out on the day, I could pick the best capsizes as there were so many accidental? ones but again all you could near was laughing. Thanks to Will, Jack and Michael for coming along and helping out by sailing with the students and helping out on the start boat.
Although there was no sailing on Saturday I was kept busy with boat and jetski license courses and even caught up with a couple of original club sailors in Adam (first club junior champion) and Brian, it was great to catch up and they even passed their boat course.
Sunday Juniors 8.30 am class:
Well how wrong could Aidan and I be, we thought we wouldn’t have many students in the first class as it was overcast and a bit windy and boy were we wrong as we had the biggest 8.30 group since the club opened with over twenty current and new students. After rigging every Tera we have and one laser we sent a few of our more experienced junior sailors out but a couple had some difficulties with the conditions so as a safety precaution we brought everyone back in and Dallas, Alex, me, Andrew and even Aidan sailed with everyone. Buy the look of the smiling faces at the end everyone must have had a good morning except all those people who I took for a sail as despite numerous requests I refused to capsize (toooo cold) As far as capsizes went young Alex Caban had the best with him taking out two boys who weighed at least four times his weight and he ended up upside down as he just couldn’t compensate for everyone else on the boat, a good try anyway Alex.
Sunday Juniors 10.30 am class:
The conditions were quite tame for this session but with only 5 students we decided not to race and just practice instead so we set up a triangle and away they went. Everyone went well at first except for India who seems to like running into the other competitors and capsizing them. She managed to get Buttercup and Spencer and capsized them right next to the moored houseboat so Aidan and I were kept busy righting boats. Spencer capsized again later in the session and despite his best efforts in getting his boat up and going he went in again! could have had something to do with his boat leaking and being nearly full of water. Great effort anyway Spencer. Unfortunately not only have we got a leaky Tera but poor old Exocet has managed to pop one whole side and thanks to the generous offer from Andrew (boat builder) she is going away to be professionally repaired .
There was no Open Bic or Club racing as the new Autumn series doesn’t start until May 4th as Easter is next weekend (don’t forget the Bunnings Barby?) and the following Sunday after Juniors we will be running a Rescue boat familiarisation afternoon with everyone invited to come along and learn how the procedure s work, you don't need a boat licence so if you are interested contact me at the club for the details. The main purpose of the afternoon is to practice for the Open Bic Midwinter Cup as well as club events as we are always looking for boat crews but without any experience most people don’t want to say yes but this way you can!!! There are two more days already in the calendar for later this year which are form training prior to the Pan Pacific Masters Games and these dates should go up on our website soon, if not ask at the club .
Have a great Easter everyone and hopefully we will see you at our local Bunnings this Saturday and you can buy a sausage and drink and have a chat.
C U all on the water
Paradise Point Sailing Club
Gold Coast Qld 4216
Mob 0407 145397