SAILING REPORT - Sunday 4 February

A busy morning at Maroochy with both Adventure Sailing and Tackers 3 groups operating in fresh Southerly breezes, and a very high making tide. Great to see so many young sailors out on the water, and a few Senior sailors in the Pacer Dinghies.

For the afternoon the wind swung round to the South East and picked up to be around 20 knots with gusts to 25 knots. The king tide had turned around midday and the strong ebb against the prevailing wind resulted in very choppy waters that tested all Racing sailors. Most had a few swims during the afternoon as a result of the disturbed water and gusty winds.

Phil Gray in his Impulse Dinghy and Casey Sutherland with her Laser 4.7 rig handled the conditions well and led the Division Fleet in both races. Even the Sabres struggled in the conditions, but John Ladewig and Spike Verdon successfuly negotiated the course set by Race Officer Wayne Ashworth and Gard Saunders.

Two Optimists competed in the two races, with Marcel Klatsmanyi having a few great planing rides in his Optimist, while Riley House did well to work his way round the course in testing conditions.

Special mention to Stuart House who manned the Race Support Boat and assisted several sailors when conditions overcame them.

NEXT WEEK - Sunday 11 February  - The only sailing at Maroochy will be the Morning Tackers 2 group with Casey as many members will be assisting with the 4 day Australian Lasers Masters Championships being sailed off Mooloolaba.