A very hot day with smoke haze in the air from the northerly breezes. Quite a few Adventure sailors took to the water in the Club Pacers and found a good breeze, strong enough to have the boats zipping round the river. Green Fleet sailors and Tackers 3 sailors also took to the water and enjoyed good sails.
After lunch, the breeze swung round to North East and steadied a bit, but still carried the occasional wild swing and stronger puff. The final two races of the Spring Long Course Series were sailed on a triangular course with a strong making tide. With the windward buoy located in a strong tidal flow, most sailors had difficulty with the windward roundings as it was difficult to judge the actual layline to the buoy in the variable breeze and strong tidal flow.
In the afternoon John Ladewig launched his new Sabre for its first race. He was joined by four other Sabres, a Pacer and a single-handed 125 but the new boat was too quick for the rest of the fleet, although Rhys Jones challenged in the first race.
Four Lasers competed in the afternoon race, with usual leader David Krempin taking a turn as Race Officer. Brent Simons and John Henry each led a race home.
Four of our Junior Optimist/Sabot fleet were joined by three members of the Maroochy Green Fleet for their first afternoon race. Great to see 7 Junior boats on the water and it is hoped the former Green Fleeters ( originally our first group of Tackers 1) become regular afternoon sailors. They were escorted round the course by two of our Safety RIBS who provided assurance and support to the young sailors in their first competitive race. Joy jessett led the fleet home showing the benefit of her greater experience. But all the young sailors are to be congratulated for finishing in some challenging conditions. Thanks Todd, for the photographs.
Results are now posted on the Results page.
Next week - Sunday 9 December
Morning - Tackers 2 Training Group
Afternoon - Last 5 heats of the Spring Short Course Series . Gard Saunders has offerred to be Race Officer for the afternoon, but she would like an assistant of the water.