Sunday Juniors 8.30 am ;
Well I think we can officially say winter is over as the mornings are definitely getting warmer now all we have to do is get the water temperature up a bit more and we will definitely be heading for summer . With perfect conditions with the winds from the n/w / n / n/e yep that's right it was shifty we still managed to set a good course which ended up basically west so up and down in front of the club it was perfect for everyone to practice not only tacks but also gybes . Daniel and his brother sailed the Taz and I must say once the wind came in they sailed it well ( no jib ) as did Taine who seemed very comfortable hanging over the side of his Tera and still sailing around the course . Jamie and Jack with some coaching also managed to make this sailing thing look easy just cruising around the track as did Zara who is improving especially with her steering . Ciarna now always turns up with a smile is improving each week and I cant wait for her to try a bit more wind to let her feel the difference a bit more speed makes !
10.30 am Sunday Juniors ;
This class is each week attracting more of our original 8.30 class sailors so its really starting to build and is looking very positive for summer especially if we can throw in some practice racing and because of this possibility, it was decided that we should ( well I decided ) that we should practice triangles . After some discussion in the class room around how to attack the course I sent everyone off to give this course a try and I have to say that everyone actually managed to make it around even the new x 8.30 class sailors before the coach boats managed to get out there and support everyone . Ok for most it was a bit sloppy at first with some flapping sails (right Charlie & Mason) over pointing (Eddy and Alex) but with the two instructing boats out there we really did sharpen up everyone's sailing by the end of the session with everyone really looking comfortable towards the end . Oh and yes Addy was out there as well and she was doing it so easy I made her go in the opposite direction which I thought might slow her down but after one coaching lap away she went . Well done everyone and thanks to mother nature for the great sailing conditions.
1.30 pm Open Racing;
Conditions were perfect for afternoon racing with S/E winds yes it had swung right around from the morning and the outgoing tide starting to slow so we set a course starting down at the canal with a top mark near Runners and then a third mark two thirds the way up Sovereign . The winds were around 8 knots with the occasional extra puff so it made for excellent racing conditions . Casey took off again to lead the pack and slowly built a good lead against all the radials ( yes she sailed radial as well ) which was never headed must have been the radial training on Saturday right Case ? Matt went well in the full rig and Torin in the only 4.7 held his own against all the bigger sails . The legs from the A mark to C mark were the best with everyone able to gain maximum boat speed and it really looked like fun from the safety boat . Teegan and Ollie sailed Opti and Bic respectfully with Ollie starting slow that was until a sloppy tack caused a capsize which seemed to wake him up and slowly he started moving forward in his boat and caught Teegan and came home in front again he even went back for his hat so well done Ollie . Just to keep everyone up to date Casey finished first Matt second and a great race for Michelle coming in third . A special thanks to Peter for the use of his boat as a starting platform while Sarah Cooper is out of action ( steering ).
Don't forget everyone that if you can spare some time on Saturday the 22nd of Sept for our Bunnings Fundraiser Barbeque just let us know at the club . The barby hours are from 7.30 am until 4.00 pm and its always a lot of fun !
CU on the water