Hi Everyone , you might have already seen my Facebook post but just in case you didn't, the 14 skiff is now fully operational thanks to the help of Alex McMillan who finished setting the spinnaker up last Saturday . Once it was finished he took Dallas and Casey for its first run under spinnaker, and yes it looked cool even when it capsized ! Great fun was had by all .
Well, as usual mother nature gave us a great morning with winds from the north at around 6/8 knots making for great learning conditions . With Kyle back on Sarah Cooper keeping an eye on the passing traffic and our senior junior sailors helping the new sailors it was a great sight watching all the smiling faces . Now the water is definitely warmer capsizing is definitely on, with nearly all boats practicing their skills at righting their boats with even Mary keen to have a go when everyone jumped on Casey's Laser for a bit of fun at the end
With winds now up around 8/10 knots and still coming from the north it was perfect for tacking and gybing . Ollie in his new Bic struggled a bit with his new found power which is standard when you first jump into a Bic, but I am sure he will master the speed of his new boat soon . Also one of our new 10.30 sailors Jeff is steadily improving form, from being all at sea when he first transferred to now working on the new skills needed to progress towards racing .
With absolutely perfect wind but threatening storms three boats lined up on the start line with one of our old sailors Siebren turning up for a go with Dallas and Pat . Dallas really blew the start with the other two getting the jump and then compounded it with a capsize and fell right back, but as luck would have it and some determined sailing plus the other guys also capsizing Dallas managed to beat both Siebren and Pat over the line . I have to say that the sailing was good to watch with the boys showing their skills .
With, as I mentioned with the Bics, that a storm was brewing but only a small fleet of sailors we sent them off for a run up and down our channel and then the Sovereign channel with Tom leading the fleet but Greg hot on his tail after an early capsize and the rest of the fleet close, it proved to be a good race with some very competitive sailing from everyone . Unfortunately we had to shorten the race due to conditions becoming too dangerous with lightning coming towards the fleet from the south with Tom just getting Greg over the line .
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