Dinghy Sailing OTB – Latest Update

Hello, to all Sailors, Parents, Coaches and Volunteers,

So much has happened in the past couple of weeks, with the Boat Showcase at MOFSC which by all accounts was a resounding success, and on the same weekend, we had the first of the West Coast Cities Traveller Series of heats at KBSC in Bunbury.  A big thank you to all the volunteers, Mums & Dads and children that made the event a great start to the series.  We had 5 junior dinghies and 3 senior dinghies attend from MOFSC with a total of 18 dinghies sailing in the heats. On arrival, we had a warm welcome from KBSC and quickly proceeded to rig the dinghies and prepare for our briefing.  David (RCD KBSC) conducted a good briefing and we were able to sign on and make the last preparations for sailing.  Carl (MOFSC Coach) had a briefing with our junior sailors, and we were set to go for the first warning signal scheduled for 1225.  The conditions at KBSC were near perfect, with flat seas and wind sitting around 14-15kts, with maybe a gust or two to 18kts, which made for exceptional sailing.  Our juniors had a great sail over the three heats, with only a few retirements across the fleet of 18 dinghies.  A special mention to the adults who crewed at different times on the Feva’s and the 125.  It is always a good reminder for us more mature folk, that we are not as bendy and resilient as our younger sailors!  I for one, had a wonderful day’s sailing with exceptionally close, competition.  It was great to see the Cherub’s screaming around at angles down to the bottom mark, and was fortunately just behind the two cherubs, with the sharpie between them, when a solid gust came through and rounded the Cherub’s up, putting the squeeze on Ally and the Chris’ in the Sharpie!  It was a great day in all, with a good number of flags, going to our junior and senior fleet, then some light refreshments before heading home.  A big thanks to Sue Olsen for doing the results remotely back in Mandurah, to Carl Watts for donating his time to coach the kids on the water, to those members that donated their time and effort loading and unloading the boats & RIB (You know who you are!), and to all the mums and dads for volunteering and supporting the kids to get out on the water.

  • Note that there will be a couple of Amendments to the NOR for the West Coast Traveller Series, as attached.  Please read and take note of the changes.
  • There was a Tackers Bag, Towel, etc, left at the club last week.  If you are missing any gear, please call Corinne or Leanne at the front desk and arrange for the gear to be picked up.
  • Tackers 1 & 2 over the Christmas break.   Sadly, I heard today that the Tackers courses have had to be cancelled again because of the lack of attendance.  These courses are an integral part of learning all the basics of sailing and preparing our junior sailors for our sailing development on Saturday mornings.  If your children have not done the Tackers, please consider for them to do these courses.  If the school holiday courses do not suit, we are looking at running these courses weekly,  over 5 weekends.  Corinne will keep a list of those that have expressed an interest in these courses, and we will run these when we have enough applicants.
  • Any Parents who would like to learn to sail, could you could you also contact Corinne with an expression of interest, so that we can get the numbers to run an adult sailing course.

A couple of upcoming dates to remember are;

  • Last sailing day before Christmas is the 15th December.  We have decided to make this a fun day.
  • First sailing day after the Christmas break is the 12th January
  • Bunnings sausage sizzle on the 31st March 2019 .  It is a great way to raise funds for the dinghy group, and is usually a good day out for those volunteering to cook and sell sausages in a bun  (Watch the onion though)!.  Please let me know if you can assist.  Even a few hours helps.
  • Walpole “Regatta in the Trees”.  Our club has attended this great event for the past couple of years, and last year we had a good contingent of junior sailors and families make the trip down.  We take club dinghies and a RIB down, so for those that have not done this, it is a great family getaway and excellent sailing.  This event is so popular, I highly recommend that if you want to go, you need to book accommodation ASAP .  I can recommend Coalmine Beach Caravan Park, as it has great facilities, and the regatta is run adjacent to the accommodation.  Here is the link to the NOR – Regatta in the Trees NOR

Kind Regards

Mike Gaebler

 Rear Commodore Dinghy