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.