Perfect conditions greeted a strong turnout to a championship round of the Goolwa Aquatic Club dinghy racing on Sunday, February 4 with sunshine, 24 degrees and south-east winds of around 15 knots.
This perfectly suited the mixed senior fleet of Sabres, Finns and Tasars and the junior Cadet and Optimist classes.
Fourteen boats contested the two senior races, including both local and the very welcome visiting Adelaide sailors. It is a great mix at the club.
In Race 1, John Gratton in Sabre Hoodoo was first on corrected time ahead of Adrian and Rebecca Nicholson in their Tasar Bang a Gong, with Rob Gale in Piccolo taking third place.
The same three yachts took the podium places on corrected time in Race 2; this time with Bang a Gong ahead of Hoodoo and Piccolo, with John and Rob separated by only seven seconds across the finish line after some close racing.
Handicap results saw Steve Kewley (Sabre ManxMan) take the day ahead of Ron Rickards (Sabre Mexican Wave), John Gratton (Hoodoo) and Peter de Vries (Blue Shadow).
Special mentions to Bruce Konings who, sailing his Finn Piece of Ship, managed a race day without breaking anything major; to Peg Offler, for taking the initiative to cool off with a dip in Race 1; and to Helen Bowlden, for once again making fast look effortless on the reaches.
Following a well attended Junior Sail Training session in the morning, the junior race fleet consisted of three Optimist dinghies and two Cadets. Junior sailing is proving very popular.
Adjusted time results saw India Kelsey and Rose Ward in their Cadet Duke leading the fleet in both races.
On handicap, Kelly Steele in No Gusts No Glory won the day ahead of India and Rose, with Zoe Robinson Wingardium Leviosa in third place.
Special mention must go to Vivienne Zufferey, a graduate of Goolwa Aquatic Club’s January Learn-to-Sail program, who sailed her first club race with only about six days sailing experience!
This is a fantastic effort and shows how quick the development can occur after progressing through the Goolwa Aquatic Club’s Learn to Sail programs.
All up, another great day on the water.
The International Optimist Dinghy Association (SA) is running a training clinic at Goolwa Aquatic Club next weekend, but Sunday afternoon racing will be held as usual.
The racing is competitive at the Goolwa Aquatic Club, but always in the right spirit with the camaraderie a high point.