Dinghy Sailing OTB News 15/01/19

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

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and all the very best wishes for the New Year.  I can’t believe that we are already half way through January!  We have now had 2 Saturday’s of junior sailing with a great turnout and excellent sailing weather.  It is great to see us getting into a routine of rigging, briefing, and so on.  Thanks to all the Mums and Dads that are helping out with the boats, PFD’s, and the children.

Ok…  We will be junior sailing this Saturday morning as usual, with light winds and sunny skies forecast, so a perfect forecast to have fun and learn some more sailing skills.

This Sunday, we have the next three heats of the West Coast Cities Traveller series at Safety Bay.  Again, the current forecast is for light conditions and sunny, so should be a wonderful day away in Safety Bay.  Please see the attachments for the racing details on this Sunday 20th January.  Junior and senior course details will be posted on the day.  We had a wonderful turnout in Bunbury during the first heats, so it would be great to get as many sailors competing up at Safety Bay.  There will be refreshments and a sausage sizzle available after sailing at SBYC.  Could you please let me know who is wanting to sail, as we will be preparing and  loading boats on Saturday morning / afternoon.  Could the junior sailors please contact your crew to work out who you are sailing with.  We will endeavour to use the same three Feva’s, and preferably continue sailing as a team if you can.

If we could have a few volunteers to assist loading the boats on the trailer on Saturday (Say 1230), that would be great.  Please, could someone remind me to bring PFDs for the juniors this time!  We will be taking Robertina up to Safety Bay and Ken is donating his time and volunteering to drive.  Carl Watts will be the junior coach on the day.

The plan will be to depart MOFSC at 0900 on Sunday, so if anyone wants to join us for the drive, please be there before then.

  • Please put your name down for a Tackers 1 & 2 course, and the office will put your name on the wait list.   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;

  • 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