Schools Sailing Report


Last Saturday our club hosted it's inaugural Maroochy inter-schools regatta, as a lead up to the big one at NYRC this coming weekend. Everyone involved felt it was a great shake down day with some very keenly contested races.

The day started in 12kts of South Westerly wind which meant that the course could be laid with the start/finish line just off the western tip of the island which was great for all the spectators.

Ten teams from 5 local schools competed, with Ryan McVey from Maroochy High dominating the early heats but unfortunately lost his crew for the finals.

The breeze started to drop as they went into the final races  but luckily the tide wasn't as strong as the morning which really tested the skills of the sailors.

The final results were:

1st - Sunshine Coast Grammar - Matthew Green & Kobe Dunlop

2nd - St Andrews Anglican College - Patrick Schiemde & Oliver Simpson

3rd - Immanuel Lutheran College - Matt Hattrick & Nils Weiss

Special thanks goes out to those running the event, Tim Edwards as RO with Norm Richards assisting. Ian Jessett in the course boat and umpire. Christine Saunders and Alexis Agnew on land support with Sam Hattrick keeping everyone fed and watered.

Also to Scott and the NYRC for their advice and support.

Graeme Hattrick

Good Luck to all Sailors progressing to the Sunshine Coast Inter-School Dinghy Regatta at Noosa over the weekend 19-20 May.


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In assosication with Australian Sailing, Maroochy will be hosting one of four Girls Only Weekend Sailing Coaching Camps - Maroochy on the 18-19 August. Head Coach will be Shelley White, Queensland Academy of Sport and Australian Sailing Team athlete in the Olympic 470 class, assisted by a coach from Maroochy Sailing Club.

Check the Event Brochure and Registration link, and if you require further information, please contact the Club.

Qld State Optimist Championships

Several of our young sailors competed in the State Optimist Dinghy Championships. Although the wind strengths were towards the upper limit for the 3 day regatta, they persisted and acheived good results.

Joy Jessett was placed Second in the Green Fleet (novices) while Riley House came home in Fourth in the Intermediate Fleet.

Well done to Joy and Riley who are part of Maroochy's growing Optimist Fleet.

Sailing Report - Sunday 6 May


The wind gods sent a blustery Southerly for the last day of sailing for Maroochy's Summer season. A course was set with a short beat across the river and two longer reaching legs that allowed boats to sail at faster speeds.

A dozen boats from the Senior Fleets took to the water, and a number of Optimist dinghies also tested the wind and the water. However the the gusty conditions meant it was challenge for all but the more experienced sailors, and none of the Optis completed the course - three races of the River Runner Series.  Dave Krempin led the Lasers home followed by Casey Sutherland and John Henry, while Rod Gray and Martin Webb led the Sabres.

Thanks to RO Pam Kamen assisted on the water by John Ladewig with Graeme Hattrick manning the Support Boat to assist the younger sailors around the course.

Results are now published.

Next Saturday - Schools' Sailing Competition at Maroochy in preparation for the Sunshine Coast School's Sailing Competition at Noosa.

We'll take a break from competition sailing for a few months, with regular competition resuming in late August. However, it is likely that, weather permitting, there will be a few Sunday's Winter Sailing spread over the next few months -- Watch this Space for more info!

Sailing Report - Sunday 22 April

A busy morning on the River, with the Tackers 2 Training with Casey, Tim putting the Optimist sailors through their drills, and Adventure sailors just enjoying the wind and water.


After lunch, the Racers took to the water, not knowing quite what to expect for the afternoon as the breeze was building from the South, and dark clouds starting to fill the sky. Race Officer John Henry set a figure-of-eight course that included two laps interspersed with two "sausage" legs.  The start was delayed for some time as John and the Race Support Boat manned by Stuart endeavoured to better tweak the course in the swinging breeze - an almost impossible task.

Eventually Racing got underway for the three fleets in a challenging variable breeze that averaged in the high teens, with gusts to the mid twenties (knots). For some sailors it was their first experience of the "Buderim Bullets" - the swirls of of disturbed air passing over Buderim Mountain to the south,  that hit the sails quite hard, but lack any real punch and follow-up power. Their unpredictable nature makes sailing quite challenging and more than a few sailors had capsizes during the afternoon.

Among the Lasers, Dave Krempin again showed his skill to lead the fleet home in both Long Course races, while Rod Gray had a consistent afternoon. In Division Two, John Ladewig and Rhys Jones shared the honours, while Dave Ollerenshaw tested a Sabre for the first time - not an easy day in any boat. Three Youth took to the water, with Riley House and Kristian Pugh sharing a race apiece, while it was good to see Gil Kusy in his Sabot join the Division 3 Fleet.

Next Sunday - 29 April - Tackers 3 Training, with afternoon Short Course sailing for the final 5 heats of the Summer Short Course Series. RO will be Phil Gray.


SAILING REPORT - Sunday 15 April


Thanks to Gard for this report:

A shifty north westerly finally settled in the north by 1.30 pm when the 5 short courses were to start. We ended up with a squashed in feeling with astart line off Bradman Avenue and a top mark off the jetski area...possibly the narrowest part of the Maroochy River!

However the trapezoidal course provided plenty of competitive sailing for the fleet and while the breeze strengthened giving the fleet sparklingreaches, the forecast 15 knot NE never eventuated.
Riley deserves a mention this week, as whilst he sailed alone in his Opti hedemonstrated he's really got a handle on this sailing-lark with some fast times and held his nerve on the start line with the division two fleet.

Results are now posted and show very close racing with times only seconds apart!

Thanks to Race Officers Gard and Craig, and also to Stuart for manning the Sailor's Support Boat ensuring safety on the water.

Next Sunday 22 April

Morning - Tackers 2 Training and Adventure Sailing

Afternoon - Final two Long Course Races in the Summer season. RO will be John Henry

Sailing Report - Sunday 8 April

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Busy morning at the Club with Tackers 2 Training and Opti sailors practising their skills. Lots of happy young faces as they came ashore at midday, after a great morning on the water.

Sixteen boats participated in the afternoon racing - a Long Course event on a Figure of Eight Course set by Gard Saunders assisted by John Ladewig. An incoming tide, and a light East-South-East breeze suggested a pleasant but long afternoon on the water. Howeve,r the breeze freshened a bit to around 10 knots and provided extra pressure in the sails, allowing sailors to make good progress into the wind for their up-wind leg, proving a very enjoyable afternoon's sailing. As always, close racing - particularly among the Lasers in Division 1 where Dave Krempin and Phil Gray(Impulse)  shared the honours, but were kept very honest by Casey Sutherland sailing her Laser 4.7 rig.

Five Sabres raced in Division 2 with John Ladewig leading the fleet from Illan Schofield who has been missing in action a bit this year!

Two Optimists Dinghies skippered by Riley House and Kristian Pugh had a close tussle on the water, with Riley getting the flag in both races. Thanks to Stuart House who keeps a close eye on these young sailors from the Race Support Boat.

Results are now posted!

Race Officer duty for the remaining weeks of the Summer Season has been blocked in - check the Program Page.

Next week - Sunday 15 April

Morning - Tackers 3 Training

Afternoon - Short Course Racing with Craig Stanger  as Race Officer.


Tackers 1 Course - January

Young aspiring sailors had great weather for their 4 day Tackers 1 course in mid-January.

They really made great use of the Club's Tacker Boats, learning to sail and developing their skills with on-water games such as collecting balls floating in the water.

Hopefully, some enjoyed sailing enough to return and participate in the second level course, Tackers 2, scheduled fortnightly on Sunday mornings - check our Sailing Program.

Thanks to our Instructor, Graeme and his assistants.