Hi Everyone , After last weekend being closed because of our building maintenance program sailing was back in action last weekend and with blue skies and weeky warmer water it shaped up to being a good day for sailing .
I have to again thank everyone who joined in to help last weekend with everyones help we managed to achieve over two thirds of our maintenance goals .
Sunday Juniors 8.30 class ;
As I said earlier the weather is certainly getting that summer feeling with blue skies nice winds and smooth water . It was a perfect start to the day with winds from the west kind off but as predicted they were very shifty . Everyone had plenty of steering time and there were even a few gybes minus any capsizing ( still a bit cold ) Ollie took his friend out and even had him steering while Declan who only started sailing in last weeks camp had a go at lasers and did well for someone who only took up the sport on the Monday.
Sunday Juniors 10.30 class;
With the winds no settling nn/w and increasing to around 8 knots it was perfect for our new group of race practice sailors to begin their learning to race skills . I set them a reach up to the bridge with a tack at one end and a gybe at the other and after spending some time with Abbey and her gybing troubles ( remember Abbs facing the front is much better right ! ) I finally got out there to innitiate their first skill which is to sail too the marker buoy and touch it with their bow and then sheet on and sail away and after a few mis tries everyone started to get the idea and started to start getting the idea . Whats the drill for ? start lines !
Open Racing ; With the winds building from the west north west we set a start down at Runners with mark A up near the canal and C off Ephriam in the main channel . Off course after we started the sequence the wind changed to the west so it was basically a reach start which Greg and Tom nailed and they then tussled for the lead until tom hit B and had to do a penalty . It was certainly challenging conditions for everyone with gusts / lulls and direction changes the norm for the day .In the 4.7 fleet Sienna was leading for over half the race with Charlie right behind her but Casey and Dallas finally got their act together and managed to sneak in front with Casey first over the line and Dallas hot on her heels . Everyone was in agreement back at the club that it was certainly a tough race with the days conditions .
Upcoming Events :
4/13 NOV Pan Pacific Masters Games ( no juniors 6th and 13th of Nov )
Try Sailing day and Hospital Fundraiser 11/12/16