Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club and Goolwa Aquatic Club get back to basic sailing on the river

SMART: At the Goolwa Aquatic Club it was tough sailing. Sailing an Optimist in strong winds takes guts and skill and Mitch Kelsey showed both to win on Sunday.

SMART: At the Goolwa Aquatic Club it was tough sailing. Sailing an Optimist in strong winds takes guts and skill and Mitch Kelsey showed both to win on Sunday.

The Goolwa Aquatic Club welcomed dinghy sailors back on Sunday, February 3, after a two week break, and what a welcome.

The waters of Goolwa sure have been busy over the summer, but never more so than in January. Winds of 25-30 knots, flat water, and a course that was almost all close or broad reaching (thanks Peter Briton-Jones) made for a day to remember.

This was the day to see an Opti airborne off a wave, a Sabre that thought that it was a skiff, tail-walking on its rudder; and a Mirror moving fast enough to leave grins so wide on the faces of its crew that an hour later they were still smiling.

Who can forget seeing a Cadet flying a spinnaker in 30 knots and having a spectacular crash, only to get it up and repeat the event.

Dinghy sailing kids know a thing or two about resilience.

Results from the day included - Opti Division 1st place to Mitch Kelsey. 

The International Cadet 1st place to Isaac Konings and Reece Miller.

The Mirror fleet 1st place to Piers and Chiara.

The Sabres were led home by John Gratton.

Well done to all those who braved the elements and had an absolutely awesome sail.

Gidget and Foxy go tack for tack in the waters at Goolwa.

Gidget and Foxy go tack for tack in the waters at Goolwa.

Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club

All go at the start at Goolwa.

All go at the start at Goolwa.

After all the intense racing of the last month, Uncle Rick decided it was time for some fun and the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club ran the second of the South Coast Marine novelty races and wow, was it novel.

After intensely hosting Regatta Week, which involved the Milang-Goolwa Freshwater Classic, it was a definite change in pace for the club. Three different courses and the competitors had to choose two of these to complete.

At the downwind start there was some ‘argy bargy’ at the committee boat end and yachts went charging off under the bridge, some up along Hindmarsh Island and the rest up towards Aggies Creek after each course was completed.

It was back to the gate before starting the next course. There was an incident involving two yachts, with a broken mast the end result. After racing, back at the clubhouse there was much discussion on the results and who would be in the top three after Class Basic Handicaps had been applied.

Once all the magic of the computer had been used it was announced that ‘Hammer’ – Malcolm Doley was third, 16 seconds behind second place ‘Destiny’ – Trevor Baldock, with 19 seconds to first place ‘Nerana’ - Randal Cooper.

Randal was of course gracious in his victory speech and thanked his crew, all the volunteers, competitors and sponsors South Coast Marine.

Close sailing at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club.

Close sailing at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club.

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