Sailing Report - Sunday 11 November (Interim Report)


A sizable fleet took to the water for five heats of the Spring Short Course Series. Racing was very tight - and finishes were very congested, making life difficult for RO Mike who was manning the Committee Boat without an assistant. Provisional results have been posted, but Mike feels that in the rush, he may have missed a finisher or two!

If you can assist in clarifying the results, please contact Recorder John Ladewig.

Our biggest fleet of Optimists and Sabots for some time took to the water for the Afternoon Racing.

Next week - Sunday 18 November

Morning - Adventure Sailing, Green Fleet and Tackers 3.

Afternoon - two heats of the Long Course Series with RO Tanya Kelly.


One of our webpage on this site is the Market Place - where Club members and others can list boats, and sailing gear that are no longer needed.

Over the past two months, two boats - a Laser Dinghy and a Goat Island Skiff have been found new homes through our Market Place.

If you have a boat for sale, or sailing gear (sails, boots, lifejackets and gloves etc) that you need to move on, consider placing an Ad on our Market Place page and get a few $$$ for your surplus equipment.

Further information - contact Peter

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Sailing Report - Sunday 4 November

Very busy morning with lots of groups doing their things on the beach at Maroochy Sailing Club.

  • A visit from the Australian Sailing Windsurfing School in Brisbane gave many youngsters the chance to give this aspect of the sport a go. The shallow area off the beach provided an ideal area for them to test their skills. A few “old hands” or former windsurfers took the opportunity to try the new light boards used today.

  • Casey had her group of Tackers 3 students in he Tackers Optimists practising their skills out on the water.

  • Quite a few Adventure Sailors relaxing out on the water in the Club Pacers, and about half a dozen Discover Sailors had a Come ‘n’ Try sail with an experienced sailor in any spare Pacer, and all seemed to enjoy their time on the water.

All rounded off with a Sausage Sizzle cooked by David on the BBQ.

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After lunch, about 8 boats rigged for the afternoon race - a Fun Race in the River Runners Series. With a strong making tide and a gusty NNE breeze that swung quite markedly at times, RO Peter Brodie set a simple triangular course, but used a Gate Starting procedure to get the Fleet underway. Once competitors adapted to the differing requirements of Gate Starts, there was good competition on the water, with Dave Krempin always near the front of the fleet. Six short races were held during the afternoon, and sailors had some good rides in the gusty conditions.

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Bob Johnson manned the Safety RIB to ensure everyone was safe.His major “rescue” of the afternoon was the Club’s Start Boat, when the usually reliable motor refused to start after the racing due to an apparent electrical fault , and had to be towed home by the smaller RIB. Looks like a new emergency “Kill Switch” needs to be fitted this week!

NEXT WEEK - Sunday 11 November

Morning - Tackers 2 and Green Fleet Training

Afternoon Racing - Short Course Series - 5 races. Mike Groves has volunteered to take a second turn at RO for Sunday 11th.

Sailing Report - Sunday 28 October

Another Sunday , and again the weather changes co-incided with our Sailing Day. But this time, the change was less blustery than was predicted and sailors had a much more pleasant time on the water.

The Morning at the Club was extremely busy with large groups of Tackers 2 and Green Fleets undertaking their training activities. Great to see their enthusiasm and their increasing competency on and off the water.

For the afternoon racing, the fleet was missing two regular members Sabre sailors John Ladewig and Rhys Jones who both visited Cleveland Sailing Club to participate in the Queensland Sabre State Championships held over the weekend. John was placed Third in the the Event, while Rhys’s chances were ruined by a snapped shroud causing his mast to fall. The event was won by former Maroochy member in the 1970’s and 80’s, and frequent visitor to Maroochy, John Campbell. Congratulations to the two John’s., and commiserations to Rhys.

For the afternoon race at Maroochy, Race Officer Meryl Todd and her team were faced with an expected wind change mid-afternoon and a strongly ebbing tide. A simple triangular course was set with a number of laps to be completed. The breeze started as a moderate NNE but mid-way through the first race swung to the South East and freshened before gradually abating. Two races were completed fairly quickly in good sailing conditioned, so a extra “fun” Race was started, allowing sailors a bit more time on-course.

In Division 1, David Krempin led the Laser fleet home in all three races, ahead of a rapidly improving Billy Richards in his smaller 4.7 Laser. Good to see Bev McGregor back on the water after a long lay-off.

In the Sabre/Pacer Fleet, with a couple of absentees, Ilan Scofield led all three races but Mike Groves and James Greave kept him honest. Neil and his daughter Emily sailed a Pacer, and it was good to see Emily move from the forward crew position to take the tiller.

Alex Jones was the only competitor in Division 3, sailing a Club Sabot. Alex is relative newcomer to the Sport, and only been sailing single-handed a few weeks. It was great to see him handle the fresher breeze very competently and he looked at home on the water.


During the afternoon the Laser Fleet and Race Officer were faced with a General Recall - the result of quite a few premature starters in the ebbing tide. Because of comments made after the race, it is apparent a number of our sailors are not aware of the procedures to be followed in a General Recall which happens only occasionally on our Club Course, more frequently at Championship levels. To assist you, I have made outlined some procedures that need to be followed.

NEXT WEEK - Sunday 4 November

Morning - Adventure Sailing and Tackers 3.

Windsurfers will also be at Maroochy for a Come and Try - Book your interest with Graeme - see the separate Notice.

Afternoon - River Runners Race - Peter Brodie RO . Adventurers and Green Fleet sailors welcome to join in a Fun Race.

Sailing Report - Sunday 14 October

A wet day on the river!

With the threat of stronger winds, the morning sailing for Tackers and Green Fleet was cancelled.

However, the stronger winds never really reached the river, but the water was quite murky from rain over over the past week with a strong current flow. Given the conditions, it was decided to continue with the afternoon Long Course Racing, but only a small fleet launched to tackle the course set by RO Craig assisted by Gard, with Stuart manning the Support RIB.

John Henry enjoyed sailing his new Laser for the first time and established quite a margin over Rob - a sign of things to come in future weeks? In the three-boat Sabre Fleet, Rhys Jones led both John Ladewig and Mike Groves around the course in both races. Riley House was the only Junior to sail and handled the tricky conditions quite well - a measure of his improvement over the past few months.

Next Week - Sunday 21 October

Hopefully we will soon find some pleasant sailing weather!

Morning - Adventure Sailing, Tackers 3 and Green Fleet Training

Afternoon - Short Course Racing - 5 heats. A Race Officer is needed for the afternoon - Have you done your turn?

Hungarian Optimist Nationals for Marcel and Eszter

Two of our keener Optimist sailors at Maroochy have been missing from our Opti fleet this season as they visited their father’s homeland of Hungary.

Whilst there, Marcel and Eszter Klatsmanyi sailed in the Hungarian Opti Nationals againist a large fleet of very experienced European sailors in some rather testing conditions.

Thanks to their father, Nandor, for the following report and pictures.

We got back home safe and we are currently trying to get rid of the jetlag. I thought I might drop you a quick summary how we went on the Hungarian Opti Nationals.

There were 162 boats from 6 nations. They do not have separate fleets for open, intermediate and green, but by the look of it they had about 100 open fleeters, 50+ intermediate and only a few green fleeters in our terms. They had the usual blue and yellow fleets with 81 on the start line then the last day they would group them to gold and silver fleets as usual.

The weather was a bit strange as on the first day we had 18+ knots with 3 races, the second day no wind at all, the third day 20+ knots with 3 races again and the last day they under 5 knots with a cancelled race.

Marcel made an unlucky start, sailing at the 15th place he got stuck in the boom just 50m before the finish line and got his boat full of water watching about 50 boats passing. Then he gradually worked his way back to within the first 20 in the following races. On the third day the waves were larger and choppier than you would get in Port Phillip Bay and I was glad to see that Marcel could cope with that without much of an experience like that. He made the gold fleet, but there was no races on the last day, so he finished 42nd over all and about 12-14th U12. 

Eszter, among a few younger ones, could not finish all races unfortunately, due to the stronger wind conditions. However she made a great effort on the first day and managed the wind really well, However she had some difficulties with the large waves of Balaton - conditions she had never experienced before.. Her age group were not even allowed to go out on the third day. On the last day she was about 40th out of the 81 when the race was cancelled.

Interestingly there were quite lot of 15 years old over 170cm tall boys that is rather unusual in Australia. This made the fleet feel a lot stronger having all these grown kids staying back in the class especially in a favourable weather conditions for them. The Nationals was eventually won by the boy who was the best Hungarian on the recent World Titles who also beat all Australians there.

It was a great experience for the kids and a great pleasure for me to see them sailing the waters I grew up.


We look forward to seeing both Marcel and Eszter resume sailing in our Maroochy waters in the near future.

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