Saturday, November 26, 2016

Grey skies, no wind makes for a dull championship

                                              It was good to see a few yachts on the pontoon,
                                                  ready for a long trudge up the harbour

the dinghies were ready 

                                    Spirit was heading out for another run around the harbour

                                          Doctors Orders  was flashing in red white and blue

                                                         the start was clean and trouble free

                                                   Doctors Orders took it away

                                                 Intriigue and Solitaire combined for the day

                                             SonOfABeach came home a lot faster than she started

                                       Georgina had them under control on super Freaky

    A few other interesting craft sailed by ...

                                      The dinghy races got under way

                                      The flare of colour from the North caught our eye

It was two by two to the mark

Will stood out ...

                                          Sheldon decided to relax and wait for the wind

                                            Steve kept an eye out ahead,, looking for a puff

                         .. some action from Peter  ... but that was the only angle we saw for the day !!!

                                     it was getting more and more like a Canadian winter ...

                                                  as the tugs headed off in military precision

                                                         around the mark they trooped

  No Further action forthcoming ...

                                                until Morgan thought she might need to paddle

                                                                Martin opted for a low profile

                                                                  Tim kept it all upright

Race Two abandoned .. Let's go home ...

                                                                              under tow !

                       The colour was all in the crew shirts today .. which is why we say "wear Red"

Monday, November 14, 2016

Northerly winds and choppy seas ... another Saturday on the water

                         " Ken.. do we have to go out there today? ".... she whined !!!

                  The fleets were depleted, the grey skies and hazy conditions making for an afternoon      where sailors must have found more colourful things to do!

                Some of us though just have to be there... and lucky we did !

               Over to Quoin Channel the dinghies went ....


                                                 while Restless sailed a lonesome race.
           Oh for the days of having Immigrant, Loco , No Problem, Piranha and more .

this was just the start of Wills day ....

Maria and Tim were at cross purposes

Peter was flying around the course, while David did start boat duties ...again...

Steve was first around the windward mark

getting some practise in at Tannum between golfing ...

Ray not far behind.. that new sail has made a difference !!

Who is this we all asked?  The shirt looks familiar..

....the smile struck a chord!

                                 ... but no!  It wasn't Jeff Paul... it was Bruce Potter from Bundaberg...
                                                  Jeff .... are you sure you don't have a twin?...

                                                      We are going to have to speak to Shirley....

                                              It was one of those afternoons ... we needed chocolate ..

                                                         Big ships ... everything black and white...

                                          Bruce did well on the pacer ... he is a Nacra sailor.. after all!

                                          Will impressed ...the new sail working a treat John Ibell

                                                          a face full of spray doesn't hurt!

  side by side .. for a while

                                                   The anticipation makes it fun... Will she save it !

                                                              all I am saying is " Oops"!

                                                Trekking trekking ....

                          Tim was finding a new level of performance with HIS new sail too....

                                              You can tell the Nationals are coming soon...

                                                           the bows were flying clear

                                                           so far so good ...

                                                     great buoy rounding ...

                                                  ....and from here it was all down hill..
                                                    new mast ready for this week Will....

                                          "No Problem" from your sponsors John and Ray

Well done Morgan .. you followed through too!

It is off to the Round The Bay Race next weekend ...
so a Saturday afternoon poolside at Rosslyn Bay for me....
I know about that race .... and I can honestly say " I have not one good memory of it over 25 years!