Conditions perfect for race
If you were to script a perfect sailing day, then Saturday, January 16 wasn’t far off it.
There was sufficient but not an overpowering amount of wind in the morning to allow all juniors the opportunity to have a bit of fun while building on their skills.
Then, almost on cue, the breeze lifted after lunch to provide excellent sailing conditions for the afternoon racing. The only blemish might have been the strong run up tide that made for some exhausting works to windward, but with the advantage it also made for more tactical racing.
First time visitor Meghann Avery received more than she bargained for when she opted to go sailing with school friend Sarah Ostenfeld.
The girls had only just finished the first race when their world came tumbling around them.
Despite losing the mast and the boat being a little worse for wear, the girls came out unscathed, their spirits and enthusiasm undaunted by the episode.
Meanwhile, Meg’s younger sister Nikita enjoyed a slightly more controlled first time experience by joining Sarah’s sister Allison on board Rod and Hariet’s Hartley.
In the two race program Mark Mulligan streaked ahead of the fleet on both occasions.
Mark’s ability to power his boat in the stiff breeze and against a strong current and enabled him to establish a lead that was more than adequate to accommodate his high personal handicap.
Paul Hargan and Wayne Culph enjoyed a close tussle in the Laser Radials before Paul became victim to an untimely capsize which allowed Wayne to get away.
Warren and David Keary struggled to replicate the excellent form they showed last week but still managed to secure third place in the second race.
Racing continues next Saturday which is also the next Accessible Sailing day. Sailing (from 10.00am) will be preceded by a volunteers meeting starting at 9.00am at the club.
Results: Race 1 1st M Mulligan, 2nd W Culph, 3rd P Hargan: Race 2 1st M Mulligan, 2nd W Culph, 3rd W&D Keary.