With Christmas fast approaching we have decided to have our annual Christmas Party at the club again as it seems amongst the members that its the preferred place for a get together , we are just in the process of completing a new flyer and registration sheet which we will post soon so that everyone can hopefully fit it into their calendar . So when is the party ? its sunday the 18th of december starting at 12 noon , we are also planning on an adventure sail for our young sailors down to the seaway and back weather permitting leaving the club around 9.00am so if you would like to come along just let us know so we can add you to the list , should be a lot of fun ! We also need to remind everyone that sunday the 20th of november their are no juniors or racing as the club is holding the state windsurfing titles on both saturday and sunday its a great spectacle with over thirty competitors already signed up to compete so if you a bit bored come down either day and have a look at windsurfing and just like us all they need is wind to make it exciting.
OOPS ! almost forgot a very happy 9th birthday to Tristan hope you had a great day mate!
8.30 am Juniors
With near perfect wind conditions and sunny skies we soon had 10 keen young sailors signed on and rigging boats . . No sooner had we rigged the boats and we were in having briefing and working out who sails with who as we had a couple of newbies but as usual Tristan , Jade , Harvey and Reece took the new ones for a sail , its so great watching these people put their hands up to help our young sailors start the learning process.
So how did everyone go well after the guys set a nice reach accross the basically southerly winds which were coming in around 4 knots everyone was soon out their cruising around the course and if anyone ever asks why the juniors wear helmets just ask Torsen as he accidentally gybed and except for his helmet he would have copped the boom right on the forehead and yes it was loud and you guessed it he didnt make that mistake again . Leila and Halle managed to con Jade into sailing with them even though they had sailed alone the week before but they did steer and work the sail for some of the session ! thanks to Jade,s insistence .
10.30 am Youth Training
As we mentioned last week we are looking at a Youth Racing Series in 2023 and by the response from our sailors so far I think its going to be a great experience for everyone especially those that are looking at away events next year , I have started on a Notice of Race Document which will outline how the racing will work and once I tweek it a bit more I will send it to allthe interested parties .
We had again a good fleet of sailors at the briefing were we discussed the race event next year and also upwind sailing techniques and once we were finished wwe sent everyone of to the yellow X mark as on the day it was a perfect upwind course . Unfortunately the birthday boy Tristan had a failure on the beach so didnt make it out and Harvey and Reece just sailed away in what turned out to be quite strong s/e winds at around 16 knots but the boys just nailed it both upwind and down wind . We only had one laser out as Ross had knee trouble and Taylah was not feeling up to it so Guy rigged fat buoy our racing laser for the first time and as he told me later couldnt believe how much faster a dedicated race boat was compared to a training laser , probably explains the capsizing right Guy !
1.30 pm Open Racing
With the winds settled from the s/e at around 12/14 knots I decided on a southerly course so I loaded the boat and relented and took a new crew out to help lay the marks which you might say was probably not the best idea considering the tangles they managed to get while setting the buoys but hay they were all so happy being part of it all .
As you would guess the start was about 15 minutes late so with Greg back from his overseas holiday the complaint section was back but as per club policy we just ignored him.
Most everyone lined up on starboard at the start except Tom who went port and despite miss timing it a bit and starting virtually last he tacked back early and sailed low towards the A mark down near runners but to my and Charlie s surprise he managed to grab a couple of lifts and was first around A and honestly just took off on what was basically a broad reach into a reach . It looked like Greg in second hand no answer but as the went around C and headed back to B he slowly reduced the gap and with a reaching finish came back to finish only 30 seconds behindTom with Steve crossing third while Matt came in forth and Roger fifth. . Just a reminder that next sunday is training day and our final marathon race is on the 27th of november.
19/20 nov Windsurfing Titles
27 nov Club Marathon
18 Dec club Xmas PARTY AT p.p.s.c.