As we arrived for sailing on Sunday, it was wonderful to see a dredge anchored off the sandbar in front of the Clubhouse, and pipes leading to the eroded launching beaches adjacent to the Clubhouse. Hopefully, next week we will see fresh sand and a repaired escarpment!
Another busy morning at the Maroochy Sailing Club with Tackers 2, Green Fleet and Adventure Sailing groups operating on a beautiful full tide Maroochy River with a gentle southerly breeze. The only difficulty faced by these sailors was navigating through the calm, still waters in the lee of the Clubhouse and Chambers Island trees out to the middle of the river where there was a pleasant sailing breeze. The Adventure sailors were joined by several visitors for a Come ‘n’ Try and we received several queries from interested persons on the shore.
Around lunch-time, we were joined by students and families from Sunshine Coast Grammar School who used the Club Pacers as part of their School Sailing Program.
Afternoon Sailors were launched into a swiftly ebbing tide and moderate winds which quickly turned into quite a fresh breeze putting a confused chop on the outgoing tide, testing most sailors and causing a few swims during the afternoon. Thanks to Race Officers John Ladewig and Youth Sailor Sean Saunders for devising a challenging course and efficiently running the afternoon program. Sean, not yet old enough to qualify for a car or boat licence, has considerably experience in Sabot dinghies among others, and has already completed his club-level Australian Sailing Race Officer training. He coped with the Race Management duties most competently, and still found time to snap a few of the afternoon sailors enjoying wind and water!
In Division 1 (Lasers) Brent Simons and Rod Gray took a race each, with Norm Richards also having a good afternoon.
Sabres sailed in Division 2, with Phil Gray and James Grieve leading the fleet home with a race each. Phil has his new boat, “Shamrock” going nicely but had an unfortunate gear failure which impacted his second race. Mike Groves and Bruce Markey handled the challenging conditions well to fill the minor placings.
The Juniors (Division 3) had a mixed fleet - an Optimist, a 420 Dinghy and a Pacer - racing on a handicap basis. The youngsters had a ball, while handling the tricky conditions fairly comfortably. Nice to see a 420 back on our River, with Marcel and his mate looking quite a home in the boat. Cody Markey, in his Optimist, took out the first race of the afternoon, while Riley House (Pacer) and his crew were first home in the later race.
Results are now posted.
Next week - Sunday 20 October
Morning - Tackers 3 Training from 9.30am
Afternoon - Five heats of the Spring Short Course Series . RO’s — Gard Saunders and Kim Taylor. Briefing at 1.00pm.