Summer Sailing Season

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Our Maroochy Summer Sailing season commences on Sunday 20 January with the afternoon Racing Fleet sailing the first five heats of the Summer Short Course Series. Briefing at 1.00pm .

Racing sailors are reminded that we rely upon everyone to assist with Race Officer duties once or twice during the season. We need volunteers for the first day — and the following weeks. Check the Program page. No motor boat licence - we’ll match you with someone who has ! We prefer 2 crew in the Start Boat, as sharing duties makes life less hectic and more pleasurable! Let Peter know the date you prefer to do your turn!

The following Sunday (27th), Adventure Sailors and Tackers 3 training will start in the morning from 9.30am, with Long Course Racing in the afternoon.

Bridge Works - Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Advice has been received from the SCRC that maintenance works are scheduled to carried out on the bridge to Chambers Island, commencing in February and concluding in June. It is understood that most of the work is under the bridge and interruption to foot traffic will be minimal, particularly at weekends.

Long-term Club members will remember the original one-railing bridge built nearly 60 years ago, just before our Club moved to Chambers Island.

Concrete for the Clubhouse foundations was mixed on the Bradman Avenue side and barrowed across the bridge by teams of club members.

When the second story was added to the Clubhouse in the late Seventies, a cane rail track was laid across the bridge enabling the timbers and other building materials to be pulled across on a cane wagon.

The original narrow wooden bridge deteriorated over time and was replaced by the Maroochy Shire Council in the mid-Nineties, with construction of the present wider concrete bridge. A few years ago, this was refurbished with new metal railings and some repairs to the deck. Now more extensive repairs under the bridge need to be carried out.

National Championships

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Over the past few weeks, a number of our members have been testing their skills in the Class Championships held at venues throughout Australia at this time of year.

Three of our Youth sailors journeyed to the Optimist Dinghy National Championships, held this year in Hobart.

Young sailors Riley House and Marcel Klatsmanyi competed in the Open Dinghy section against stiff opposition. Both lads were re-allocated to the Final’s Silver Division with Marcel placing 20th and Riley placing 30th in a fleet of about 70 boats.

Eszter Klatsmanyi also took to the water, but in the Green (Novice) Fleet Division where she was placed 5th in a fleet of 40 boats - a great effort from a very keen young sailor!

Also competing at the Sabre National Championships, but closer to home at RQYS, Manly, was John Ladewig who finished mid-fleet sailing against 28 other Sabres, many from Victoria where the class is very strong and competition very keen.

This year we had relatively few members participating in the various Nationals, but it is good to see some Maroochy sailors gain experience by competing against the best in the country.

New Arrival

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Congratulations to Mark and Casey Fiederlein (Casey Sutherland) proud parents of their first child, Eden Grace, who arrived by c-section on 1 January, weighing 7 pound 4 ounces. Mother and daughter are back home and both doing well.

Casey is a long time-member of Maroochy from her Junior days, a keen and very able Laser sailor. Recently she has also been involved instructing in a number of Tackers programs for our younger sailors, even with a well-developed baby bump!

We look forward to Eden being enrolled in Tackers 1 around 2026!


Tackers Gallery

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A gallery of photographs compiled from a number of different Tackers Courses has beem added to our Photographic Gallery pages.

Since the arrival of our Tackers Dinghies in August 2017, they have certainly been well used, and given a lot of enjoyment and learning to our younger novice sailors.

Our first Tackers 1 Course for 2019 commences on 22 January and is fully booked.

December Tackers

Over the past week, our Discover Sailing Centre has been running a Tackers 1 course for students of Matthew Flinders Anglican College.

It has been run by two of our qualified younger Instructors - Taylor Rogers (Principal Instructor) assisted by Eloise Jessett. It seems only a few years ago, that these Instructors were undertaking similar training themselves, but sailing experience and attendance at Australian Sailing Instructor Courses has provided them with the necessary Instructor qualifications to pass their knowledge, skills and love of sailing on to others.

The photographs show the Tackers 1 students in our Optimist dinghies (without sails) developing their balance and helming skills before they are introduced to the challenge of sail handling. Small steps with a gradual progression of skills help develop the confidence of our young Tackers - a core principle of the Tacker’s Learn-to-Sail program.

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Young Maroochy sailor Riley House who first stepped into his Optimist dinghy about 12 months ago, is currently competing in the Optimist Division of one of Australia’s major regattas - SAIL SYDNEY.

Riley looks as though he is handling the rough conditions on the Georges River with aplomb!

Good luck with the remainder of the Regatta!

Spinnaker Tales

A few of our younger brigade have progressed to the point where they are ready to tackle the art of hoisting, flying and dropping a spinnaker in our Pacer dinghies.

They are finding that a Spinnaker adds another dimension to the performance of their boat, and a challenge for the crew to handle and sail competently.

Great to see them confident enough to tackle the challenge and add some more colour to the river.

And one from a few years ago when a good puff hit!

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