New sailors learn to right an upturned dinghy.
New sailors learn to right an upturned dinghy. Submitted

Juniors learn the basics

LEARN to Sail started in earnest last Sunday, with eight enthusiastic juniors accepting the challenge.

The morning began with a discussion on personal safety, always a consideration when on the water.

This was followed by learning to rig and unrig the Sabots they will be sailing.

These small dinghies are stored under shelter, with no mast. Before sailing, the mast has to be stood up, ropes run and the sail attached.

Finally, the sailors hit the water with a paddling exercise and a sailing exercise on Auckland Creek.

The lesson finished with a capsize drill. Being able to right a capsized dinghy is an important skill for all small-boat sailors.

 SCOTT Patrick is continuing his preparation for the Impulse nationals by contesting the Keppel Bay Sailing Club’s Winter Series. Patrick nailed the first two races but missed heats three and four because of work commitments. The final two heats will be next Sunday.

 JEFF Paul’s Immigrant has a new look.

The Mumm 30 has been repainted and has new sign-writing. She will be starting the Brisbane to Keppel Race on Friday.

This is the fourth running of the 350-nautical mile challenge, with close to 40 entrants.

The winds are forecast to be moderate southerlies, and Paul is cautiously optimistic.

Sailing with Paul will be Ray Hobbs, Dave Taylor, Gray Pritchett, James Creed, Jon Drummond and Kane Davison.

Also contesting the event will be former PCSC junior Melissa Hardy, on Georgia Express.



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