This week we were welcomed to a north easterly breeze at around 10 -12 knots with up to 19 knot gusts and a pleasant 21 degrees Celsius. This week a good turnout of 5 large cats and 5 small catamarans came down to sail. Regulars Tony Sanderson, Ralf Steyer, Jack Kroek and Les Porter away and Hugh Lewis doing duty with Brendan Markey.
There was a good atmosphere with plenty of people and boats. A large contingent of learn to sail coming down for their 1st week. A number sticking around and tucking into the great food at the canteen.
At briefing club president Richard Hipsley called for a minutes silence to remember Digger who passed away during the off season. A spritely 89 year old and a true gentleman who was still sailing last season. Before sailing his TY digger used to sail a Windrush, now owned and sailed by Paul Leaudais.
This week Hugh Lewis and Brendan Markey doing duty. We set a port course starting out in the middle of the lake in line with the western mud stick. Wing mark set on southern side of Gooseberry Island. Thanks to Todd Curry who hopped off Sharpie truck to lend a hand noticing discrepancy with the wing mark (yellow and red wrong way around) and the reaching angle for monos just a touch too tight for them to fly a kite. Hence we took the duty boat “Wal Curry” for a quick run down to adjust the cat and mono wing marks. With the waves and wind spray flying everywhere we ended up soaked to the skin, we both looked at each other and said should have put our spray jackets on. Once down back to the start getting the start sequence away at around 14:09:30pm. In the haste to get back to the start the anchor didn’t bite in well enough. With the waves and wind action by the time we got to the division 4 start the anchor had dragged a little making a port bias line. Both small and large cat divisions getting away smoothly. In small cats Jody Mathews deciding the conditions a little too strong and didn’t head out. With Yabby and Billyo not finishing it became a two horse (cat) race between Havok and Blue Wave. Tony Zahra on the comeback with his 1st race of the season out due to a dodgy back and Geoff also his 1st race of the season. In the end the seasoned campaigner Tony Zahra getting line honours. The large cats finding the line pretty tight due to the start boat dragging the anchor. They also had a great contest the Road Apple boys enjoying the stiff breeze and put on a great performance. Chris on his F16 Altered admitting to a swim during the race.