The Goolwa Aquatic Club continues its promotion of junior sailing

EASY SAILING: There was close racing in the Opti fleet at the Goolwa Aquatic Club.
EASY SAILING: There was close racing in the Opti fleet at the Goolwa Aquatic Club.

Sailing has resumed for the year at the Goolwa Aquatic Club, with the first race day held on Sunday, January 12 and the mid-week Learn-to-Sail classes (now booked solid) is in full swing.

Sailors have been busy during the break, with a number of Goolwa Aquatic Club members attending regattas, including the Laser Nationals in Melbourne and Sabre Nationals in Wallaroo, with good results.

Sunday saw a wonderful junior turn out of five Opti's and one Cadet making the most of the moderate breeze and blue sky. After some close racing in the Opti's, it was Sam Quilliam in Spyro taking the day with three wins from three starts, ahead of Toby Phillips and Lucas Byrnes.

Mitchell Kelsey and Rose Ward put in some solid spinnaker work in the Cadet. The senior fleet comprised one Pacer and a good showing of Laser, Sabre, Finn and Tasar dinghies; 12 boats in all.

Helen Bowlden is always sharp in light conditions in her Sabre and Sunday was no exception, with Helen winning the day from young sailors Izaak Hart (Laser 4.7) and Zoe Robinson (Laser 4.7). On Sunday, January 19, sees the usual Sunday dinghy racing, but hosted instead by the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club as part of Regatta Week.

Regatta Week activities start on Saturday, January 18 and culminates with the holding of the 2020 Milang to Goolwa Freshwater Classic on Sunday, January 26. Goolwa Regatta Week provides many reasons for yachties, casual sailors, families, friends and holiday-makers to spend the week in the region.