8.30 am Sunday Juniors :
Sunday morning started with our usual blue skies and light winds so perfect conditions for sailing for our younger sailors . As usual we had a couple of newbies and a return sailor in Ryan so we decided to rig the club lasers for the little ones as the winds although within our limits were around a solid 6 to 8 knots at times so it was safer to have a more experienced person on board each boat . The winds were roughly N/E so Charlie set a course across the wind which resulted in a nice reach for everyone especially the lasers which meant that the laser skippers could let the new sailors either run the mainsheet or try steering . Keyann after a bit of a messy sail last week just took of and from what I saw sailed well he even faced the front ! while he was out on the course I had his sister leila and Milan from some tacking practice after an aborted attempt of her and Milan trying to sail together . Despite a lot of I cant do this from both girls we did managed to have the girls succeed in tacking the boat and returning to shore so well done Liela and Milan.
10.30 am Training :
With a few people missing it was only a small group on the water for this session and with the winds increasing it was definitely time to discuss hiking out and also upwind sailing . Zac and Alex although looking a bit confused with both hiking out reading the luff and upwind sailing seemed to grasp the idea as did everyone else . With help from Andrew Mason sailed really well and kept his boat on line and rode out the gusty bits by hiking out and working the sail Abby and Edwina just as usual whipped around the course which was down to the green and back so upwind and broad reach with them both at times absolutely flying on the broad reaches so well done girls . Our other laser sailor Nixon also improved from the previous week and who knows he might even get better if he turns his mobile off at the briefing!! Zac and Alex were both different sailors from the previous week where they really struggled in general but this week their upwinds did improve as did the broadreaches . Finally Aidan was really giving it a go probably just need the sail on a bit more in the Bic which will now probably happen as he has brought his own Open Bic Skiff so well done mate
1.30 pm Open Racing:
With the racers preferring Charlies courses to mine he was put in charge of setting the course which included a start between Ephriam and Soverign a top mark up at the top starboard mark and a gybe mark back down in front of the gap between the islands . The start didnt go well with Declan stuffing the start clock resulting in a re start but everyone was soon away in N/E winds around 16 knots . Both Ben and Steve had new parts on board including carbon tops and new radial bottom fro Ben so their upwinds were much sharper . Greg and Casey soon emerged in a battle up front with Greg getting away but casey catching up until it happened ? what happened ? well the top mark decided to drift south by about 300 metres which Greg didnt see but Casey did resulting in her getting around the top mark first with Steve and Ben behind then Greg . Casey was screaming for the finish line when she was hit by a nasty gust which resulted in her losing control high siding the boat where we all thought she was gone but somehow she saved it and cruised over the line . Charlie thought they hadn,t completed the course because they finished too early until he realised the mark had moved and like a true PRO he ended up blaming Aidan who chucked the wrong buoy ( chain and rope too short ) over the side I might add under PRO instructions !! I almost forgot Charlie even set a starboard course and everyone actually went the right way !
After School Training Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 4.30 pm booking esential
Try Sailing Fundraiser for Gold Coast University Hospital 8th od December , dont forget to invite all your friends its a great day and all funds raised go to the Hospital
Club Christmas Party 15th December booking essential , will be held at the Sailing Club so plenty of fun for the kids
CU on the water