Set sail for the Sprint Series
THE weather gods haven't been all that gentle to the sailing fraternity at the PCSC lately.
Three weekends ago a race had to be postponed because of the strong wind warning issued, conditions the weekend after were marginal (some might say fun) and last weekend, another cancellation.
While there are good reasons for this, especially those regarding safety and insurance coverage for our skippers, all of us competitors are itching to get out on the water again for a good blast.
It is with a certain degree of lament that I write this week's column with a farewell to a very significant family that has been an integral part of our club for many years.
Jon and Jeanine Drummond and their children have been heavily involved with the PCSC since 2008 with Jon having a previous stint in Gladstone in the 1980s.
As owners of the Farr 30 yacht Loco, the Drummonds have competed in both our local club events, where they kept the crowd onboard sister ship, Immigrant, honest and enjoyed great success flying our flag proudly at numerous away races and regattas over the years.
Jon and Jeanine have also been very generous volunteers at our club.
As respected professionals in the Marine Industry they have made an invaluable contribution through their service to various club committees, projects and the Learn to Sail program where they offered their time and significant expertise. It is safe to say that in this, and in a social context, they will be dearly missed.
To the Drummonds, thank you and all the very best in Sydney. Fair winds and following seas and long may your big jib draw.
Tomorrow at 2pm the horn will sound abeam Spinnaker Park to start the first of heat 1 and 2 of the PCSC Sprint Series races.
The Sprint Series is a fun and exciting series of short course races that promises lots of foredeck action and sail changes because of the nature of the course. For all the latest results about sailing at the PCSC and the Gladstone Yacht Club see gyc.com.au.