Sailing Report - Sunday 27 October

A lovely warm spring day with a morning high tide and a moderate breeze that swung from the north-west to a nor’-nor’-east sea breeze as the Adventure sailors launched in the morning. Afternoon sailors faced the threat of late afternoon storms, and although the skies did darken late afternoon, we were all gone from the Island before any drops of rain.

Great to see the restored beach alongside our rigging lawn - The Dredging crew have done a wonderful job, and although the sand is a bit soft at the moment, it will settle and provide much better launching and retrieving access for our club.

Large crowd of people in the morning with Tackers 2 and Green Fleet continuing their training sessions under the guidance of their instructors. Many Adventure Sailors launched rigged and launched the Club Pacers, and were joined on the water by several family groups visiting the club for a Discover Sailing (Com ‘n’ Try) session on the water. With the arrival of the afternoon Racing sailors around midday, the rigging lawn was quite packed with all groups ashore at the same time. So much so that Marita Prior, helping out in the Canteen in the absence of Sam, was somewhat overwhelmed with orders for Salad Rolls, Sausage Rolls and the always popular Hot Dogs!! We appreciated your efforts, Marita!

Afternoon Races were set two Long Course races by Race Officers Peter Brodie and Gard Saunders. We were a little late getting underway, delayed by a mechanical fault in the gear linkages of the Committee Boat (off to the mechanic for an overhaul this week), but eventually started the races after the Start/Finish boat was towed into position by our two Race Support RIBS. Thankfully, they remembered to come back for us to tow us home after the racing!

The predominantly Easterly breeze allowed a course with a long beat up the river, allowing sailors to work the shifts and minor swings in the breeze. A few sailors had issues in remembering that the course included dual Windward Marks to provide safer roudings, with a few boats having to retrace their course when skippers realised their error. 22 boats ( including 7 Junior Boats) faced the Starter, with the Sabres and Junior Fleet getting away well. On the other hand, the very competitive Laser fleet was a bit too eager, and after a General Recall for a premature start, they were sent to the “Naughty Corner” to consider their behaviour. Lesson learnt, they took more notice of the ebbing tide in subsequent starts which got away smoothly!

An interesting boat in the Junior Fleet was a Heron on loan from the Heron Class Association, a two-crew boat rarely seen on the Maroochy but popular at some other clubs in Australia and overseas. Sailed by Phil Gray and his young son Harry, it performed well during the afternoon.

In the Lasers, Norm Richards had a consistent afternoon with a brace of second placings, behind Tim Edwards and Rod Gray respectively. The Sabre Division was led home by Graeme Hattrick and John Ladewig, with James Grieve filling second place in both races. The Junior Fleet was led home by the Heron ahead of Opti sailor Joy Jessett in both races. Laser 4.7 sailor Alex Jones showed he is coming to terms with his boat with consistent sailing during the afternoon.

Thanks to the Race Support personnel, Stuart House, Simon Jones and Ian Jessett for providing safety coverage on the water, and making sure that Gard and Peter got back to shore after the race!!

Next Sunday, November 3

Morning - Tackers 3 and Green Fleet Training from 9.30am

Afternoon - 5 heats of the Spring Short Course Series with Race Officer Craig Stanger. Briefing at 1.00pm.