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.

Nandor

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

Sailing Report - Sunday 7 October

A good roll-up for the second day of the Spring Short Course Series, even though the weather was somewhat threatening. A welcome return for a few of our regular sailors who had not yet wet their boats this season - especially John Henry who stepped up as Race Officer to manage the 4 races during the afternoon. Thanks also to Todd McVey who manned the RIB to provide Support to the sailors on the water.

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Phil Gray sailing his Impulse dinghy took out three of the races ahead of a tight pack of Lasers finishing a few seconds apart.

In Division 2, with a smaller fleet than usual, John Ladewig led the way in all four races ahead of of James Grieves.

In Division 3, two Optimists were joined by Alex Jones sailing a Sabot for the first time. Baden Johnson led the fleet home in three of the four races, ahead of Flynn McVey and Alex who became more competitive during the afternoon.

Next Week - Sunday 14 October - Tackers 2 and Green Fleet in the morning, followed by 2 heats of the Long Course Series in the afternoon with Race Officer Craig Stanger.

We will require RO’s for the following week ( 21 October) and all dates in November.

Sailing Report - Sunday 23 September

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A nice afternoon racing for the a River Runners event. Quite a few of our younger members and their parents were absent, heading to Keppel Bay Sailing Club at Yeppoon for the Queensland Youth Camp and Championships. Consequently our fleets were somewhat reduced, but we welcomed a few new members, and some familiar faces for the first time this season.

Race Officer John Ladewig set a longish course in a 10 knots of breeze, somewhat impacted by the low tide and the sandbanks around the eastern end. Gard assisted John in the Committee boat, and Todd McVey manned the on-water Support boat, allowing regular crew Stuart to sail a Pacer with his daughter Belle.

In a reduced Division 1, Phil Gray in his Impulse soon established a comfortable lead over his rivals, although Brent and Neil had a tussle all afternoon in their Lasers, with honours shared, while Sean sailed the 505 with his son.

In Division 2, eight Sabres and Pacers launched, with a number of new faces for the season joining the regulars. Matt Ward, taking a break from uni, sailed extremely well in his Sabre to win both races, with close racing from the other contestants.

Three Optimist sailors took to the water, with Riley House leading both races ahead of novice racer Baden Johnson and first -timer racer Flynn McVey who both sailed very well given their minimal experience.

Next week - Sunday 30 September - another River Runners Race with Race Officer Ilan Scofield.

More Race Officers needed for the following weeks - contact Peter

COME and TRY Day - Windsurfing

Come one, Come All - and ALL ages - Sunday 4th November 2018.

With the support of Yachting Queensland and RQYS the Queensland Windsurfing coach and ex member of the Australian Sailing Squad, Lara O'Brien, will be bringing a truck load of Windsurfers suitable for ALL ages for Club members to come and have a try and some fun.

The session will kick off at 10:00 and finish in time for a Sausage Sizzle and the River Runners in the afternoon. Maybe we could get a Windsurfing Division together for the racing?

Please let Graeme (training.maroochysailingclub@gmail.com) know with an expression of interest if you are thinking of coming

Great opportunity, book the date, don't miss out - IT'S FREE!!

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