Just so all our sunday morning junior sailors know on both sunday the 17th and sunday the 24th things will be a bit slow as all the instructors will be away for those weekends so it will only be me a bit like the early days , luckily numbers at present are low enough that I can run especially the 8.30 class . Where are they going yes Yepoon is finally here so Tristan , Gemma , Taylor , Charlie Daniel and Jade will be in sunny north queensland and no I didnt forget Harvey and Reece they are not back from their overseas trip until october.so I should be one very tired instructor after those two weeks especially as we have a camp on the 25/26 sept.
8.30 am sunday juniors
With blue skies and the promise of decent winds we really didnt think we would get many sailors especially as it was also fathers day but we did get a couple of sailors so while numbers were low we convinced Kirra to give a open bic a go and yes there was a bit of trepidation at first but with daniel helping her through the process she was soon out on the water . The reaching course was short at first but once Kirra and the boys got the idea Charlie started lenghtening the course until they were sailing right over to the ephriam island side and going well . so what was Kirra,s verdict yep she was rapt! especially having no traveller to get caught on the back when tacking so I think she will be back in the bic again next time so we might have another sailor for 10.30 training soon.
10.30 am youth training
This session is really going well as even with Gemma , Reece and Harvey missing we still had TJ Halle Leila Jack and Ollie out there as was Tristan but he was handicapped as he took dad for a sail for fathers day on a laser and yes it was very funny with 110 kilo sitting on the bow while 28 kilo tried to steer it . To keep working on everyone,s tacks and Gybes we set a triangle course agai and then had a discussion about which mark was a tack , which was a gybe and which one was a bear away nad after a loy of thinking and the occassional guess which we dont mind as it means they are at least trying we soon got it right.and headed out in around 6 knots from the east . So who did the best well it was actually leila and Halle followed by TJ and Jack while ollie brought up the rear . Ollie and I had a talk afterwards about his bad habit of facing backwards while tacking /gybing and sailing downwind so he has promised me that next week he is going to start facing the front , fingers crossed. Just in case anyone is wondering where was Gemma well it was fathers day so off with family anyway she now also trains on saturdays so she was fine .
1.30 pm open racing
We had a good fleet and really good N/E winds around 6/9 knots and with my new crew for the day ( casey,s dog Russell ) we soon had a nice north course set up with the start down at runners and just enough outgoing tide . Even though he doesnt talk as much as Charlie Russell was vicious on the start line watching everyone come up to make sure they were on side . I am not sure how he would have called them back for being early but I think he bluffed them enough that they all behaved themselves even Greg was on side . Everyone took of well even though there was a bit of pushing at the start and soon settled it for the work to the top mark which was half way up of soverign island so a really good work . By the time they returned to the start finish line for a last work to windward Casey was just in front of greg ( 5 seconds ) but as luck would go just after rounding casey got a beautiful lift and whiit height advantage she just pulled away finishing 1 minute in front with Roger a close third then Lance John Brown and Mark Brown but mark said he let dad win as it was fathers day ? I would have to say the most improved sailor on the day was lance as he is really coming to grips with his sailing he was even pushing people at the start line so well done Lance .
Yepoon starting the 18/9
School Holiday Camp 25/26 sept
Club Xmas Party Sunday 17th of December
CU on the water