There was plenty of discussion and catch up some of the things talked about were Kurt was interested in coming over to the Windrushes for some class racing and looking at options for purchase. Kurt was concerned that 97 kg was a bit heavy however Hugh Lewis Paul Leadaius, Tony Sanderson advised they are all around the 100 kg mark. The only light weight competitors would be Tony Zhara, Ross Fyfe and Ralph Steyer.
It was mentioned that Andy Blakley was also talking about sailing his cat again this season. There was also some discussion about starting Wednesday afternoon mid week sailing during summer and some of the lads were talking about giving it a go with lasers. When push came to shove the only takers to get out on the water were Bill Ledger and Paul English the rest choosing to come back another day. Hugh Lewis recovering from a infected arm (not sailing) giving Bill a hand to rig. Bill commenting that he appreciated my help but it wasn't quite the same as the lovely Louis. I also spent some time in the canteen and had a go at the finish sheet. Kurt decided not to sail thinking that the wind will drop off to much making it too light. Rob Porter snr and Jnr, Paul Leaudais and Tony Sanderson not rigging up, Tony spending time with Rebecca looking at Grant applications. Ross didn't bring his boat just his dog because the earlier breeze was a bit strong. But being a sailing tragic almost talked himself into going back returning the dog and getting the catamaran. Ray Stanley and John Bob set the Port course.
Start out between the clubhouse and Gooseberry Island. Windward buoy out in middle of the lake wing mark out near the reef. Assisting Bill to launch the cold lake water took my breath away when paddling in. The start sequence commenced on time the TY's getting away pretty close to 14:00:00pm.However it was with some interest seeing Bill returning to shore after a few minutes after the realisation he had forgotten his harness so he couldn't trapeze. I held his boat whilst he quickly put on his harness and set out again. Paul English waiting so Bill and Paul both took off together on the large cat start at around 2:15pm. The first triangle and windward return were fairly close sailing. It was only on the last triangle and to the X mark that Paul opened up a lead. From the shore it looked like they had a good tussle. Paul English taking out the large cats race crossing the finish line at 16:00:13pm and Bill Ledger taking out the small cats race not too far behind crossing the finish line at 16:03:19pm. Giving a hand to derig their craft they advised the conditions were quite good and an enjoyable 1st sail of the season.
I had to go and pick up the young fella from cataract scout camp so didn't hang around to get more detailed sailing report on the tactics, lead changes gains and losses. Hopefully next week I will be back out on the water and we get another nice day to entice our sailing fleet out on the water.
Regards Hugh Lewis