A bright, sunny day and a fairly steady NE sea breeze from early morning presented good sailing condition. With an early morning low tide, the river slowly filled and the afternoon racers enjoyed deep water covering the sandbanks. With the Australia Day Long Weekend, there was a lot of passing river traffic, and the resultant wakes created quite choppy water - not smooth sailing by any means!
In the morning, Adventure Sailing with a few people coming to try dinghy sailing on the river and find out a bit more about our Club. Many of our regular Adventurers were present, and the Pacer dinghies got a good workout in the morning. Thanks to youth sailor Cody Novello assisting with the organisation for the first time.
Also keen to get out in the water was our new group of Tackers 3 youngsters, moving up from the T2 level before Christmas. They are now starting to very competent on the water, and able to rig their boats and organise their gear. Youth Instructors Zac and Eloise took them through the next stage of their skill development with activities on and off the water.
At noon, a break from sailing while everyone shared one of our well-regarded Maroochy Sausage sizzles, while parents and members chatted and youngsters had a swim in the sandy shallows.
Following lunch the afternoon Racers took to the water for 2 heats of the Summer Long Course series. RO Sean Tisdale, assisted by David Ollerenshaw, set a course with a long beat to windward, with several rounding marks to be observed on the return downwind leg. When the wind swung a bit more to the NNE, the course became less challenging by reducing the number of tacks and gybes necessary!
Impulse sailor, Phil Gray sailing Goneski , led the Division One sailors in both races, followed home by Tanya Kelly, John Henry and the rest of the fleet.
Early Division Two leader, John Ladewig, had a halyard failure in his Sabre and was forced to retire. This left the door open for Matt Ward and James Grieve to take a race each, followed home by Peter Brodie and Mike Groves.
In the Juniors, Optimist Skipper Joy Jessett showed her slightly greater experience to win both races, closely ahead of a chasing pack of Baden Johnson, Cody Markey and Tex Granger - sailing their first long course. In the second race, Baden had the misfortune of swamping his Optimist just before the start, and did well to sail down his opposition after bailing out his boat. Our RIB support boats manned by Optimist parents provided safety and advice on the water to the young sailors.