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HYC Dingy Sailing Report: Sunday 31st March 2019

posted Apr 26, 2019, 3:50 PM by Admin hycnz

Friday Training:

There was a good turnout for the last Friday night of summer sailing. After a few weeks away, I was real impressed with how smoothly the ramp operation went to get all the kids on water. Thanks to all the parents who are putting in the effort to make the Friday evening summer training work.

I was equally impressed with the kids sailing in a reasonable wind strength. We just got out on the water to sail on the last night and sail well they did. Tamas and I were very pleased. Kaelem and Barnabus were awarded with sailors of the day, but well done to all the kids! 

We are really looking forward to next summer, we should have our new Optimists by then after the Million-dollar mission. We will also do some maintenance work on the Firebugs over winter, so they are in good shape for the summer.

Sunday Racing:

The Dingy sailing team raced for the last time this summer on Sunday. 

Initially it looked like we would have too much wind, however the wind was up and down from the NE at 0-20 knots in the channel. The sailors were keen, so we got on to the water with a slight delay at 3.15 pm. Like last week we did all our starts on the water in the Safety boats and were able to get in 2 races. 

In contrast to last week, the sailors were frustrated with the swirling winds which had strong gusts at times, followed by lulls with zero wind or wind from another direction. They all did seem to be smiling at the end so believe they still managed to have fun! There was a total of 7 boats on the water. Unfortunately, both Harrison and David had to pull out in the first race.

Kieran (Starling) sailed well to gain to place 1st on line in the first race over a long course and considering the conditions. The second race had a shorter course, where Ollie took 1st place on line from Kieran, in a very close race. In the Firebugs, like last week Barnabus sailed well placing 1st in both races, well done! 

The best starts went to James in race 1 and well done to Ollie in Race 2.

Sailor of the day when to Kaelem who like George last week, gave it a go and raced for the first time. He put what he has learnt on Friday's into practice and he sailed exceptionally well. Well done Kaelem!

Pirate of the day went to Kieran and Ollie. In 2nd race they had a great tussle for first, however while they were concentrating on their own battle they forgot about Barnabus who nearly sailed around them. There were only 5 secs between the 3 boats. In the end, there were some good lessons learnt. 

Race One  Start Time 15:30:00 AM
Place Name Time
1 Kieran (S) 16:12:49 PM
2 Barnabus (F) 16:22:06 PM
3 James (S) 16:22:29 PM
4 Ollie (S) 16:25:11 PM
5 Kaelem (F) 16:30:02 PM
6 David (F) DNF
7 Harrison (S) DNF
Race Two Start Time 16:35:00 AM
Place Name Time
1 Ollie (S) 16:51:28 PM
2 Kieran (S) 16:51:31 PM
3 Barnabus (F) 16:51:33 PM
4 James (S) DNF
5 Kaelem (F) DNF
6 David (F) DNS
7 Harrison (S) DNS

The next racing will be in winter. There will be racing on every second Sunday during winter and the program will be released shortly. There will be a break for a period, however during this time we will need to do some maintenance on the boats, so standby for a date, for a working bee. 

Thank you to all for everyone’s efforts during the summer sailing program.

Sean Munro
HYC Sailing Captain