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.

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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

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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.

 

Sailing Report - Sunday 25 March

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Smaller than usual fleet took to the water for the afternoon races.  Looks like a challenging day on the water!  Results are now posted!

Close tussle in the Optimists with Riley and Kristian each scoring a couple of wins!

Thanks to the Race Committee and Support Crew - Rhys Jones, Gard Saunders and Stuart House.

No sailing scheduled over the Easter Weekend.

NEXT SAILING - Sunday 8 April  - Adventure Sailing, Tackers 3 and Long Course Racing

Filming @ the Club

Sometimes our Club is chosen as just the right location for an unexpected activity.

This week a commercial was shot using our boat storage area as a backdrop.

Thanks, Graeme, for the behind-the-scenes pictures!

SAILING REPORT - Sunday 11 March

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Only a small fleet fronted for the the third day of the Summer Short Course Series - threatening showers and many sailors with other commitments after last weekend's very busy head of the River. Thanks to RO Mike Groves assisted by Gard Saunders and Stuart House in the Support Boat.

David krempin led the small Division 1 fleet home in most races, although cagey veteran Rob Hagan got in front in the first race. Interesting to see Martin Webb forsaking the Sabre and sailing the Laser EPS after his debut in the Head of the River.

Rhys Jones led Sean Tisdale in the Sabres division, while it was good to see Riley House and Kristian Pugh having a close tussle in their Optimists, pretty much sharing the honours for the afternoon.

Results are now posted.

Next Sunday - Tackers 2 in the morning, with Long Course racing in the afternoon- Casey Sutherland will be RO, assisted by Gard.

Make sure you check out Karen's Head of the River pictures - some great photos of the preparations and on-water action!

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.