8.30 am Sunday Juniors :
Sunday morning started with the usual blue skies and with everyone on deck to help we soon had everything up and running for what looked like a great day for sailing .We even had a new helper in Blake who just graduated to training at 10.30 helping with the new sailors and did very well for his first instructing day . With a mix of tera,s and Bics rigged and ready and a good group of 16 sailors including a couple of first timers all we needed was wind and you guessed it that was what was missing with only a light and shifty w/s/w wind that really tested everyone . We had a reaching course out there but with the shifty conditions it occassionally changed to close reach and broad reach which most people like Lincoln , caiden and Aithan ( bic ) soon mastered and were just cruising around the buoys doing both tacks and gybes which doesnt sound to hard but with the light shifty conditions it was a good show of their sailing skills . Unfortunately it didnt take long for people to become bored even with a shift in the original course toward the south for people asking the question ? ( can we go in ) so after 50 minutes we finally relented and sent them all back in and there wasnt a complaint among them .
10.30 AM TRAINING;
Luckily by the time everyone had their boats rigged the wind had shifted a little bit more S/e and increased to around 6 knots so we sent everyone out to innitially go around the buoys with tacking and gybing with the windward buoy in the middle of the no sail zone so Charlie and I in separate boats were soon coaching everyone when to tack on the upwind and you guessed it let sail out on the bearaway well that was except for Addy who with her recent away sailing experiences just nailed it and was soon bored ! I sent addy of to the second green mark in the channel as the winds were slowly turning more east while we kept working with the rest of the group . It was especially nice to see Eddy out there on her boat after her long illness and she was looking very happy even if she didnt look at the sail enough! Nick and Ariel improved as the session went on and seemed to really enjoy the coaching and even Jack and Dean ( Torin crew ) and Blake slowly managed to get their sailing skills going and everyone then joined Addy sailing down to the second green and back so all min all a great session . Addy and I practiced a new technique called blind sailing although Charlie said she was occassionally peeking ? so if you want to know what the technique is just ask Addy
1.30 PM Open Racing;
With the winds turning east / north east we set a course in the main channel starting at the x mark and set two buoys just above Ephriam Island for a triangle . The winds were around 6/.7 knots with the beginnings of an outgoing tide so it was perfect conditions for a start which everyone successfully completed . Charlie borrowed my full rig sail and had a great start but was so busy telling everyone that they all caught him and next minute he was 6th . As the race progressed the winds increased and turned more N/E and with the increasing tide it soon became a battle to get around the course . Chris in the MG slowly pulled away ( two sails ) but the interest was behind him with the slightest mistake changing who was in the lead Charlie did fight back to second but apparently the full rig caught him out twice and he had a swim , Matt was also up there for a while and Tom was fighting back slowly coming through the fleet but each lap things changed including conditions with the winds building making the upwind tough work . Simone pulled out just buggered and Ben broke his boom saddle which he found out when he tacked and his main sheet caught around his next and went round in a circle then capsized ( been there done that ) but the rest battled on with the first boat over the line finishing in 1hr 48 minutes ( I think they want Charlie back setting courses his werent that long ? ) . So Greg first yes Casey second and Charlie fought back for third then clipped the finish boat and capsized again ! great day of Racing !
October long weekend the club will be closed Sunday so no Juniors or Training
Holiday sailing camps are on with two camps being run with numbers already growing , all dates are on our website and booking is essential to secure a spot.
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