First Sunday Sailing 2017/18

By Morgan Flower on Oct 20, 2017

Junior Sailing

On Sunday 15th October 2017, junior sailors and their parents attended the first official sailing day of the 2017/18 season. They were met bright and early by coaches and club officials and quickly set sail for a morning of fun. The day was a huge success with many sailors from last season returning for another summer on the water. Head Coach Dean Cowan conducted drills and skills with the returning sailors which provided an entertaining spectacle for those on the beach.

Along with Dean’s group of minnow sailors, the Flying Ants, GP14’s and Puffin Pacers were out for the training and taking parents for short sails.

Joining us for the morning were many new sailors, many of whom registered for the ‘Australian Sailing -Start Sailing 1 & 2’ course which will commence on Saturday 21st October 2017. Dean will train seven new sailors in the morning and 6 in the afternoon over the next five consecutive Saturdays with assistance from other club instructors.

When the sailors came off the water, they were provided with a free bacon & egg roll or a sausage along with a Simmo’s Ice-cream. Thanks to Vice Commodore Phil Hughes for organising the catering and Rear Commodore (Juniors) Peter Hales for arranging the ice-creams. 

Many thanks to the coaches, committee members, volunteers and parents for making the morning such a success. 

Afternoon Racing

At 1:30pm, the first of six Dorris Hughes Series heats commenced with 6 boats on the start line. Right from the start, position changes were common with fierce rivalry between Dean Cowan and Klaus Schmechtig in the Laser Radials and Steve Flower/Terry Hodges  and Morgan Flower/Kai Colman in the GP14s. All classes regularly changed position throughout the races, making the most of the oscillating wind conditions.

Congratulations to Dean who won every race with Klaus second and Morgan & Kai third. 

After sailing, sailors enjoyed refreshments on the balcony and presentations by race officer Peter Ryall. Thank you to all the Start Boat and Support Boat Crews for your ongoing support.