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.