Well, it was Father’s Day and we had 12 dedicated sailors out for the last of the Dinghy Winter Series, the wind was 5 knots and the tide 4 knots going out to sea, before the start a pacer decided to capsize backwards – I wonder which keel boat skipper that was? The Starter, Ross put the start boat on the sandbar so the sailors were not in the roaring section of the tide, after a general recall the sailors were off, Cha Cha, sailed by Panda Luff, got out of the blocks and was leading by 100 metres when he found a wind hole and the rest of the fleet caught up and sailed past him. At the top mark, the tide was screaming out, a very strategically placed top mark saw a number of competitors about to round the mark and sail backwards because of the tide, after 4 or 5 goes to round the mark the yachts were off like a rocket in tide assisted race to the top mark, after two testing laps the winner was Mike Gaebler a laser from Ben and Kim Wade.
In the Kevin Green Real Estate Pacer Cup it was a ding dong battle between the Keel Boats and the dinghy, it was a shame that two Keel boats retired otherwise they would have won the Cup on a count back, it was found that again, this year, the Dinghy and Keel Boaters tied for top spot so two years in a row it has been tied – cannot wait till next year ..
Thanks must go to all the volunteers who gave up their time so that the sailors could sail
Dinghy Try Sail Day 21st of October – all welcome 0900hrs at the club. Put this in your Diary!
Kevin Luff – Rear Commodore Dinghy, MOFSC