.With Xmas fast approaching the club is getting busier both during the week and saturdays and sundays with school groups and organisations booking large groups into one day Introduction to sailing and also Adult introduction to sailing taking place on saturday mornings .
We have also started to innitiate our after school and saturday training program with two people already signing up for tuesdays , this program starts next tuesday with the session beginning at 4.30 pm and finishing at 6.00 pm there is also a thursday available and a saturday session starting at 12.00 noon until 1.30 pm , please remember that all sailors need to register their name and days for training at the sailing office . Charlie Bratten and I are volunteering our time so the cost is$5.00 p/p p/s for fuel .
8.30 am Sunday Juniors :
With the winds coming out of the s/s/e at around 4/6 knots on an outgoing tide it was a perfect start to the days sailing and with 15 young sailors signed on it was a bit chaoticgetting Bic,s Tera,s and Lasers rigged but with plenty of helping hands we were ready early and everyone soon retired to the clubhouse for the morning briefing . I become more impressed each week with the knowlegde that some of these young sailors retain so that when its question time the answers come thick and fast . Once we launched the more experienced sailors Edwina and I stayed on shore to help some of the new sailors with basic boat skills focusing on tacking . With Cooper and leila with me and cooper steering first it was a definite challenge to have cooper face the front while tacking where leila got her balance as crew early definitely helping with tacks , there was the odd gybe and as you would guess resulted in capsize Eddys team of willow and keegan had there own problems but with perserverance they managed to get some balance going even if they were a bit out of control at times , even willow didnt fall out this week ! the rest of the team mainly just cruised around the course whith Jack and Dean taking their mates out and sailing well . We basically left Jade ( gybes ? ) Aidan and Aithan to themselves as it was clear the conditions werent a challenge .
10.30 am training:
With a big group rolling up for this session and the winds increasing to around 6/8 knots s/e I set everyone a challenge which was to sail from the beach south to the second green channel marker then a broad reach back to a buoy near the club . There was a bit of trouble at first mainly with people not pulling the main on enough on the upwind then not letting it out enough on the downwind . Early in the session blake was really sailing badly and over time only got worse with multiple capsizes but with determination he would get the boat back up and try again well that was until Charlie realised he had left the bung out and the taz was chockers with water dont worry blake we have all done it . Alex and Zac struggled also but kept trying as the winds increased while Abby Eddy Oriel and Nixon sailed well and improved as the session went on . It was nice to see Jonah Parry sailing as he has been everywhere competing in Open Bic but came down to help his sister sail a Tera and really had it moving on the upwind . We finally had to rescue Zac as the winds increased towards the end of the session to around 15 knots and he just couldnt keep the tera upright so Declan jumped in and sailed it home .
1.30 pm Youth Racing
With a sudden burst of breeze coming in around 12.45 a few people pulled out of the race but Edwina and Jackson were keen to give it a try , conditions were a bit average around 1.15 pm so I set a course across the track in front of the clubhouse in winds around 15 knots and shortened the start sequence to 3 minutes and at first I though Jackson had it nailed but the winds blue him out of the start line where Eddy just sailed up tacked and was gone . Jackson had given Eddy and 100 metre start and despite his best efforts could only shorten the gap of six laps to 75 mtrs . The sailing was very competitive with Eddy really hiking out on the upwinds and Jackson generating plenty of speed on the broadraeches . With a fist pump Eddy was the first over the line with Jackson not far behind.
1.30 pm Open Racing:
We decided to set a course in our channel just in case conditions worsened with a top mark up at runners and the start finish mark just south of the club and finally another mark in the middle . The start was uneventful with only a small fleet on the water but the on course action was at times intense with some hairy gybes ( Greg ) and the odd capsize( Steve ) on the downwind . Roger DNS due to the winds reaching around 18 / 20 knots which he just doesnt have the weight for and Casey played it smart with the 4.7 as did Kate . We even had a Open Bic sailor out there but not in a bic yes you guessed it Jonah borrowed Charlies laser ( thanks Charlie ) and with only one capsize did really well . it would certainlyhave been a challenge in those conditions but he managed to complete the course with a smile on his face . Greg came home first even with a capsize withTom second , Casey third , Ben fourth Kate fifth Jonah sixth and Steve seventh. there was some whinging about the lenght of the race but as usual I didnt listen.
AFTER SCHOOL TRAINING STARTS NEXT TUESDAY 5TH NOV
TRY SAILING DAY 8TH DEC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
XMAS PARTY 15TH DEC BOOKINGS OPENING SOON
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