A beautiful day greeted sailors for the first day of Spring, and the first day of full activity at the Maroochy Sailing Club. Warm sunshine, friendly breezes, the clear blue water of a morning high tide enticed many sailors to swap their winter woolies for their sailing gear.
In the morning, the Tackers 3 and Green Fleet groups were keen to commence their training courses, while the Pacer dinghies were launched with a number of groups for casual sails as part of our Adventure Sailing program. Meanwhile the racing sailors rigged their boats for the afternoon course sailing and answered numerous enquiries about joining our Club and becoming involved in part of our sailing programs.
For the afternoon Long Course race, Race officer Sean Tisdale set a lengthy course with a triple gybe downwind. The south-east breeze filled in nicely, providing enough power to overcome the strongly ebbing tide for the 23 boats that took to the water for a pleasant sailing session. Stuart House manned the RIB to provide support on the water.
In the two Senior Fleets, racing was quite close with good competition throughout the fleet. The break from sailing over winter showed, with several sailors making boat handling errors resulting in capsizes that they recovered quickly from, thankful that the water was not as cold as they expected! David Krempin led the Laser Fleet home ahead of Craig Stanger and John Henry in both races, while the others were close behind. In the Sabres, John Ladewig was chased around the course by Ilan Scofield in both races, while the remaining 5 Sabres sailed only a few metres apart during their races enjoying a good contest . Three Youth sailed in their Division, with both Alex Jones and Cody Markey gaining a Flag each, with Riley right in the mix in both races. All sailors enjoyed their afternoon on the water.
Next Week - Sunday 8 September
Morning - Green Fleet Sailing
Afternoon - 5 Races of the Spring Short Course Series . Race Officer - Mike Groves with David Ollerenshaw