Goolwa Aquatic Club runs great Learn to Sail courses

TIGHT SAILING: It is the perfect environment to sail at the Goolwa Aquatic Club and the numbers are growing. Photo: Chris Caffin.
TIGHT SAILING: It is the perfect environment to sail at the Goolwa Aquatic Club and the numbers are growing. Photo: Chris Caffin.

Goolwa Aquatic Club Sailing hosted a great day of sail training and racing on Sunday, January 13 for local and visiting sailors as part of the regular summer series. 

Light breezes in the morning saw the juniors, including a number of graduates from the January Learn-to-Sail classes, split into several groups for further tuition and skills development before the afternoon racing.

Acting RO Dave Steele set a senior course with four reaching legs to make the most of the forecast of fresh 15 to 20 knot afternoon breeze, with a shorter triangle course for the junior fleet.

The senior fleet comprised several Sabres, a Tasar, a Finn, a Mirror and four of the club’s Pacer dinghies.

Three races were held, with the battle for line honours between John Gratton in his Sabre Hoodoo and Peg Offler and Bryan Lindsay in Tasar White Sapphire intensifying as the afternoon progressed.

John displayed his customary faultless starts and racing wizardry to make it difficult for the nominally faster Tasar.

He took first place overall with two race wins, with Peg and Bryan rewarded for their efforts (and recovery from a swim for Bryan in Race 1) with a handicap win in Race 3 to claim second place overall for the day.

Helen Bowlden sailed impressively to take third place.

The reaching legs really added to the fun and the visual spectacle of the racing, with the Finn, Sabres and Tasar really showing off their speed in the conditions.

In the Pacers, Terry and Kairo Quilliam took overall first place for the day with two wins.

There was a strong showing in the junior fleet considering a number of the Goolwa Aquatic Club kids are still to return from the Optimist Nationals in Tasmania.

Mitchell Kelsey dominated in the Optimists, winning all fours races in style ahead of Kelly Steele.

Sam Quilliam sailed impressively to finish third in three races, with Evelyn Wilson and Sophie Ward (another graduate of the Learn-to-Sail course) also sailing well in the brisk conditions.

Isaac Konings and Reece Miller sailed a Cadet dinghy with the junior fleet and deserve credit for some good spinnaker work in the fresh breeze.

“All up, a fantastic day”, according to Goolwa Aquatic Club members.

Great to see a mixed fleet of boats and ages relishing the sunshine and perfect breeze.

Full results are posted on the Goolwa Aquatic Club Sailing Facebook page and some fantastic photos from the day on Canvas Sails Facebook page.

The second week of the annual Learn-to-Sail course is currently running during the school holidays.

The course is fully booked, so register your interest with the club for next year’s courses to learn to sail at Goolwa, if you missed out this year.