Late winds save sailors at Regatta

LIGHT conditions and delayed starts created frustration amongst the enthusiastic young competitors at the All Boats Regatta held on Lake Cootharaba last weekend.

The regatta attracted boats of all classes in four divisions of racing , with the Port Curtis Sailing Club (PCSC) represented by Hannah O'Brien sailing her 4.7m laser ‘Tuff'en Up Princess' and Victoria Pryce sailing her ‘29er class sports dinghy.

Saturday's fickle winds saw competitors float idly in the water impatiently for the start gun to signal racing. Once the fleet got underway it was soon obvious that conditions were too light to create effective racing and the entire fleet was awarded a “Did Not Finish”.

Day two dawned with a similar weather forecast and racing was postponed for three hours. The time waiting was well spent by the younger and energetic crews in swimming, paddling, and playing on the water.

The serious business of racing finally got underway when the afternoon breeze came in, resulting in a close run to the finish.

While handicap results are unknown at this stage, Victoria Pryce and partner, Reece Baguley finished third out of a fleet of five ‘29er class dinghies and Hannah O'Brien recorded a first in a fleet of three laser competitors.

At the PCSC, the learn to sail fleet continue coming to grips with new skills such as man over board drill, gybing and planning for a racing start. The new recruits are enthusiastic in their preparation each Sunday morning at the Gladstone Yacht Club.

The official start of the new sailing season will be held on Saturday, September 4 with the annual Patrons Day. Club patron Barry Austin will fire the start gun for a race where the emphasis is social, followed by a welcome function at the Gladstone Yacht Club. Enquiries can be directed to Reception at the Gladstone Yacht Club or ring 4972 2294.



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