8.30 am Sunday Juniors
Each week now we get phone and email enquiries regarding new kids who want to try sailing so every sunday we always have a couple of newbies turning up for their first go at sailing . The Open Bic is becoming more and more popular with guys like tristan , Harvey and Lincoln and despite a few rigging problems the guys are always ready early for their class . Conditions were the best they have been in weeks with a good breeze from the n/w around 4/8 knots so with Charlie helping to set the on water buoys and Taylah doing the briefing we soon had everyone on the water just cruising . Taylah is showing a potential as an Instructor especially with the new sailors while Jade and Daniel are always ready to jump in a boat and teach sailing skills to the new sailors while Abby has settled into her role as receptionist greeting all the new and return sailors . Everyone were really enjoying the windy conditions and at times the gusts were really getting people going like Reece who just scooted past us at one stage with spray off the bow . Tristan had to be rescued from under the bridge which wasnt really his fault as the mark drifted under the bridge and not realising he followed it into a dead spot and the rest was history so all in all a good day.
10.30 am Youth Training
This group of sailors started with homework from last week so the thinking hats had to go on while I queried things like barging and right of way at the start line , enthusiasm for this classroom test was somewhat slow but as I explained it was needed especially for the group heading to yepoon where they will encounter big start line fleets and as we know the start is very important . Our on water section involved a no instruction sail to the x mark down at runners then a close reach back to green near the club and as usual Ross was first off and got so far in front that we had to call him back to the fleet . The wind had turned n/n/e at around 6/10 knots solid breeze so the downwind was fun and the close reach back was hard work with especially Taylah showing her upwind skills just outpointing both Abby and Ross while keeping good boatspeed . In The Bic,s its become a real tussle between Jade and Daniel with Jade as with Taylah just outpointing Daniel on the upwind so Dan a bit more work needed there then finally we had Lincoln who although still slow is definitely getting better in his general sailing and just needs to like most people work on the upwind .
1.30 pm Open Racing
With the winds predicted to reach 20/25 knots by mid afternoon I decided to run a triangle in the main channel starting down near runners and two marks accross the channel near the bottom of ephriam .
Unlike last week everyone behaved themselves at the start so no general recalls and it was a very competitive start . Jade had a blinder right up with the lasers while Daniel got caught up a bit with the lasers but was soon after her on the upwind . In the lasers it was a mix of 4.7 and radial with the radial sailors soon breaking out in front with innitially greg in front but by the time they had completed the first triangle Tom had got in front and was never headed beating greg over the line after 50 minutes of racing . The conditions ( e/n/e 10 /16 knots ) forced a couple of retirements but Charlie followed them back to the club on the ski just to be safe while Taylah and I kept an eye on the rest , yes she was my crew for the day did pretty well except for anchor and mark retrieval more wheeties needed ! The Open Bic became a one horse race with Jade pulling out a good lead on Daniel that Dan just couldnt pull back on the day but like true competitors they sailed back to the club together so well done guys great sailing. no racing Sunday the 3rd of October due to long weekend
Saturday 2/10 / 2021 we are looking at a club maintenance day where we are hoping to do some building and boat maintenance , if you can help just let us know but remember its a long weekend !
CU on the water