Opening Day Regatta 2016
Great turn out to celebrate the official opening of the club’s season.
Congratulations to Howard Critchley on his induction as life member!.
We had around 40 craft venture out for the Sail Past in glorious sunshine and little else. Despite this, we had all boats milling in the designated area ready for the traditional acknowledgement of the Commodore at the appointed time (that’s if we don’t count Damien – who did finally make it!)
All this goodwill must have roused the sailing Gods as a slight breeze started to ripple across the water. The breeze gently built such that by the time the hooter blew for the race a very pleasant 6kts got us underway. For many it was probably their first hit out for the season but you wouldn’t have guessed as the racing was as competitive as ever. Div 1 was so keen to get going we had a very rare general recall. This did upset Poor Garry Richards who patiently waited for the Taipans to start again only to watch the Division 2 boats sail off into the sunset.
It is fantastic to see the efforts made by our mid generation sailors to bring on their, and others, offspring. We had three juniors crewing on large cats, as well as Eliza Wood having her first outing on her PT “Young Gun”. Other young guns Aaron Smith and Matt Wood are starting to put pressure on the creaking bones of our gentrified Laser fleet. Don’t think it will be too long before a changing of the guard.
Talking about gentrified, it was nice to see Warren Morse and Soren Pederson actually get wet after 7 months of fiddling about.
Results for the day are still being finalised, but after a sail as pleasant as Sunday I don’t think anyone cares.
Don’t forget, Twilights start Wednesday 6.30pm.