Plain sailing for Gladstone crew
The two competing fleets of the Port Curtis Sailing Club (PCSC) must have read differing weather reports recently.
The Yacht fleet was scared off by the forecast for strong winds and opted for a maintenance day; instead conditions were perfect on the harbour for members of the dinghy fleet.
A steady 10-knot northerly called for a course off Spinnaker Park, which provided a colourful spectacle for those enjoying the Marina facilities.
The steady increase of the Impulse Class at the PCSC is creating much competition in the dinghy fleet, with as many as ten class boats taking to the water weekly.
The Laser is the second most popular choice amongst the PCSC sailors at present, and we understand another couple of Lasers may be club bound in the near future.
Certainly Steve Lewis in his aptly named 'Going Grey' would have enjoyed a few more knots of breeze on Saturday to test the performance of his new Dinghy Sports Impulse.
Ray Hobbs was on fire, finishing two races in second spot behind Scott Patrick, but besting the fleet in Race Three. There were a few cross tacks and close calls at the pin end of the line, however all races went off to a clean start.
Scott Patrick took an early lead in the first two races, laying out a challenge for both Lewis and Hobbs.
New member David Cue left the Impulse at home to teach his daughter the finer points of Pacer sailing; judging from the smiles on faces we may be adding another junior member to the club.
Morgan Lewis went solo as the Laser fleet representative, and looked lonely out there behind the faster Impulse fleet.
David Mann and Maria Mohrholz travelled to Bundaberg to take part in a weekend Regatta.
All reports were positive, with the experience of sailing on the river far different to our usual harbour venue.
Next Saturday will see the club bustling again as everyone shows up for Club Championship.
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