Saturday, May 12, 2018

Sailing - The sport that keeps on giving !!

     My favourite shot for the day !!                                                     
                                                                                                                      Wayne Laverty KBSC

                                             After finishing the season two weeks ago-
                            suddenly we have two more weeks of competition announced!
    I'm not complaining- softer winter light, better colours , beautiful blue skies some good action ...
             Eight Impulse sailors and a 1'25 turned out to re -run a missing Championship Race...
                                                    It was a tightly packed fleet for the start
                                                 David Cue changed tack early to get clean air
                                                        Scot was rugged up for winter
                                                   William was visiting from Keppel Bay
                                                       Steve was putting in a big effort
                                                             Long legs have to help!
                                                  Plenty of height .. one way or another
                                             it was packed at the windward mark
                                          The tug playing at A7 gave us plenty to think about

                                                           but he backed off to watch the race

                                                       The wind was fluky
Windspiel and Pigs in Space sailed side by side for a while 
                                             Everyone went round again .. places changing leg by leg

                                                        Fraser and Chris were battling it out
                                                      ... and that was just in their own boat!!

                                                           Family racing ..
                                                              Ray and Maria fought to the finish

                                Maria was determined to propel that boat over the line first ...
Race Two confused us..
 boats were going backwards .. sideways, not much forward motion 

                                                      A re start for the Keppel visitors

                                                                 Every which way...
                                                                    some nice action ..
                                                            Afternoon sunlight on the sails

                                                      Formation racing ...

                                                  Around the mark one more time ...
                                         ... distant yachts returning from the Fairway Buoy Race

Next Saturday is the Donald Davey Memorial Race - start time is 10 am 
This is an important event for long time member Graham Davey 
so lets all be there for the final, yes final ! sail of the season. Free Bar b Que lunch after sailing .

Trophy presentation is on Saturday May 26th .. please RSVP and purchase your tickets from Sarah in reception for catering . 

Monday, May 7, 2018

May Day Regatta at Keppel Bay Sailing Club

                                               Keppel Bay Sailing Club May Day Regatta

                               A mixed fleet of approximately 35 dinghies and catamarans
            traveled from Gladstone, Bundaberg, and Hervey Bay to compete against the locals from                                                                  Keppel Bay Sailing Club.
Racing started in light conditions 
                                              there was synchronized sailing from the Nacra fleet
                                                            with an odd one sneaking in amongst it ...
                                                    the A class put on a show later in the day
                                                       Chris and Fraser flew a kite early...                                   
                                                a splash of tropical colour never goes amiss
                                                 and a Weta or two came along 
Will took centre stage for a wee bit ..
                                                               Garth kept a low profile
                                                                  ... this pair had fun ..
                                                  the breeze was light ...
                                                the pair on the 4'20 were taking it easy.. no stress!!
                                                      The Taser team were from Bundy
                                                       The Opti's led the race call                           
                                                       Wayne was grinning at this stage ...
                                              Another start and the wind was picking up
                                                there was a trio of Lasers competing

The cats were impressive ...

                                               a bit of welcome breeze for Race 2

                                                        finally some airborne action!

                                                        There were a few Arrows floating around

The multi hulls gave us a buzz ..

                                            there were boats of all classes coming and going ...
                                                      the sun on the sails ...
                                                the Impulse fleet were on the next triangle..
                                          the lads on the 4'20 were still looking totally unfazed ..
                                                             the Opti duo ready and waiting
                                                            another race away
                                                              Josh led the Impulse across the line

                                                             ... a trio of PCSC sailors

                                                         action at the windward mark

                                                       the sky was getting a bit grey and stormy

                                                 Naomi took out 1,1,1 in the first three races
                                                           Martin was looking cruisy
                                                        Peter won overall for the weekend
                                                           Sheer grit and determination here ...
                                                                        the cats were back ...         

                                                      Jim was looking good ...

                                                        Watch that sail ...
                                                        late afternoon golden light
                                ... and then Sunday dawned and the weather was looking " interesting"
                                             as the sailors prepared for the strong winds predicted

                                                              Rigging was checked

                                                 ... the surf started rolling  in
                                                                  will had a smile
                                                            there was time for portraits                                                   
                                                                Fraser and Chris
                                                                                 a nice big grin ...

                                                                some reflected colour
and the movement to the water began.. 
                                              Wayne took the stand up surf method .. highly effective
                                                           holding the boats was a challenge
                                                               lots of splash
                                                           everyone helped out ..
                                                          Dieter was invaluable as launch assistant...

                                                                it looked fun ...

                                                  standing to attention; ready for anything !

                                                          The dad's got everyone out there..

                                                             it was a procession ....

                                                      and then the Learn to Sail crew arrived....
Okay .. scramble aboard kids ...
                                                   ........ looking highly organised there ...
                                                               Ooops ... watch that Impulse ...
                                                                 This is going to be fun!
                                                             You might get wet!
                                                               Last man to leave ...
                                and if the launch was hard the homecoming was a challenge ...
                                                             Maria abandoned ship..

                                                  and Sheldon is shopping for a new sail..

Great regatta, lots of photos and lots more I haven't posted here  - You are welcome to copy and paste from the blog.