Very busy morning on Chambers Island with lots of Adventurers - some commencing their Sail Training Course, a few sailing independently - while the youngsters in the Optimist Green Fleet (novices) warmed up with some on-water drills. On-shore there were lots of watching parents and grandparents, while the afternoon racing sailors rigged their boats after the long winter lay-off. Great to see so much activity at the Club!
The south-easterly change arrived in time for the afternoon race, bringing a moderate steady breeze enjoyed by sailors. The two races coincided with a high tide in the river, and with the warm afternoon sun and blue skies, conditions were ideal for an afternoon on the water. Race Officer Sean Tisdale set a long course uninterrupted by sandbanks involving a double set of down-wind cross-river gybes and some good reaches, with a long return beat into the breeze so sailors could get into their"work" and play the few shifts in the steady breeze.
Fleets were a a bit smaller than usual, no doubt due to Father's Day commitments, but 11 boats faced the starter for the two races. Racing among the four Lasers was tight, with the honours shared by Craig Stanger and Brent Simons. In Division 2, Ilan Scofield was a comfortable leader in both races, but there was the tight battle among the other 5 Sabres and Pacers. Only youth to compete was Optimist sailor Riley House who sailed most competently. His father, Stuart, manned the Support Boat patroliing the course, providing that Safety coverage which was not needed due to the pleasant conditions. . In all, a very enjoyable day on the water. Full Results on the Results page.
Next Saturday 8 Sept - Stage 2 of the Adventurer with Training Course.
Next Sunday 9 Sept - Morning - Adventure Sailing, Tackers 3 and Green Fleet.
Afternoon - 5 Races of the Spring Short Course Series (RO - Neil Noble)