There will be a big surprise for everyone on Sunday with our pontoon finally afloat again now all we have to do is repair the damage to the southern end caused by all the sand buildup.
8.30 am Sunday Juniors :
It was looking like a pretty quiet day with not as many bookings as we normally have but still around 12 experienced and a couple of new sailors rolling in from 8.15 . We even had a visit from one of our old sailors from pre covid days in Aithan and his sister and yes like all of them he has definitely grown.
Conditions were very light early so we set a course from the beach to the bridge to take advantage of the light n/westerly at around 2/3 knots It was a great morning for everyone to practice steering and general sail trim with some of our youngest sailors in Harvey and Harrison really coming to terms with these new skills , nothing like seeing smiling faces as they all succeed in sailing their boats around the course . With the light conditions and everyones skills improvement boredom did set in toward the end but its still not quite warm enough for capsize tyraining but I bet its not far away!
10.30 am Youth Training :
With only a small group turning up for this session with Abby away in Yepoon and Jack and Dean off at nippers everyone was soon rigged and ready to go . Conditions had improved with the wind increasing to around 6 knots and moving more east so we set them off down to the port mark opposite the canal with very little instruction as is now normal when we want them to find their own way on the water.As you would guess Jade was soon on her way but Ross and Kaia decided to sail along the shore in amongst the fishing lines? until we got them to tack out . It was a good upwind with a broad reach return . Jade with a batten adjustment seemed to get the top of the sail working better with the battens popping easier on the roundings while Kaia , Ross and Maddy slowly came to gripps with the upwinds ( watch the luff right guys !!!) With Kaia in the Tera she was always going to be slowest but we showed her a technique on the broad reaches where she could at least keep pace with the laser which included catching waves and the occassional pump ? all in all a good day .
1.30 PM Open Racing:
With the winds turning e/n/e at around 6/7 knots our new PRO in training Charlie decided to set a start between Ephriam and Soverign with an upwind leg to the top of Soverign and then a broad reach down past the bottom of Ephriam with a combination of Triangles and windward leeward legs . Charlie worked on around one hr fifteen to complete the course but didnt factor in the current which just got stronger just ask Steve who when on port tack was visibly going backwards although he did come back from an early last place to overhaul John B and Stewart . Greg was just too good as no matter how hard he tried Peter just couldnt keep pace and after one hr Greg was over half a lap ahead . With a predicted wind increase not happening we decided to shorten the race by one lap which still saw the last boat over the line in 1hr 20m . Perfect spring day just not enough wind .
News ; Club building Changes , We are negotiating again with council to slightly increase the foot print of the club its a slow process but fingers crossed for a positive outcome .
Xmas Party ; Its looking more and more like we will repeat last years event by having our party at the club with morning sailing and an early lunch , if anyone would like to help with set up just let us know
Try Sailing Hospital Fundraiser ; Lets make this the biggest year ever in support of our local hospital and its staff so get the word out!
CU on the water