Second round of the Goolwa Aquatic Club's Winter Series dinghy racing was held on Sunday

Isaac Konings in the Laser 4.7 leading the fleet of five Sabres and a Tasar home to the finish in the afternoon sun. Photo courtesy of Aleida Steele.
Isaac Konings in the Laser 4.7 leading the fleet of five Sabres and a Tasar home to the finish in the afternoon sun. Photo courtesy of Aleida Steele.

The second round of Goolwa Aquatic Club's Winter Series dinghy racing was held in sunny conditions on Sunday. Winds were light, but small fleet gathered to enjoy the chance to get onto the water.

Matt and Victoria Young from Adelaide Sailing Club visited with their Tasar, and the club welcomed Brenton Caffin in his recently purchased Sabre, boosting the senior fleet to nine dinghies.

A very popular return to the fleet was Sabre sailor Peter deVries, who enjoyed his return to the water so much he was first off the beach and last to return - in fact, we almost didn't come in at all as the breeze dropped away at the end of the day.

Matt and Victoria set a cracking pace in the Tasar, first across the line in each of the three races, but pipped for first in Race 1 by Bruce Konings pulling off a nice one in his Finn.

Bruce got into all sorts of strife at the finish line in a following race; had the club bar been open they'd probably still be there working out just what went on between him and Aaron Heritage in the Laser.

Down the fleet, the Sabres and Isaac Konings in his borrowed Laser 4.7 proved to be pretty well matched, with some good close racing. Peter Leader and Ron Rickards were the best of the Sabres on the day, but Brenton and Dave Steele not far off the pace.

Peter deVries showed impressive speed in his timber Sabre, as well as creative flair when it came to the course! Derek and Amber Murphy brought home the field in their Tasar.

In the wrap up, on yardstick corrected times, it was Isaac Konings in third place showing skills beyond his years, with Peter Leader in second and Matt and Victoria in first place.

Just three Optis headed out for the juniors racing and looked to be having a ball in the sunshine, as they weaved through the pack when the two fleets came together.

The conditions were perfect for relaxed, fun racing, and all three handled their boats and the conditions in impressive fashion. With two wins and a second, Evelyn Wilson took first place for the day ahead of Kelly Steele with one win and brother Alex Wilson in third.

The club is looking forward to the next round when hopefully there will be a bigger junior fleet on the water.

The third and final round of the Winter Series will be held on Sunday, August 12, with sailing resuming with an Optimist Regatta in late September.

Anyone interested in dinghy sailing is welcome to come and have a look at how Sunday racing is run, and talk to club members about how you or your kids could be part of it next season.

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