The dinghy sailing season at Goolwa Aquatic Club (GAC) commenced on Sunday with a warm-up race day ahead of the upcoming official opening.
Sail training for the juniors also kicked off, with a number of new faces joining an enthusiastic group of young sailors keen to develop their skills.
Given the fairly small fleet size, Race Officer Brad Briggs turned the afternoon into a training/tuning session, with all three divisions (junior, intermediate and senior) starting together.
Rising star Lucas Byrnes was the sole competing Optimist; the Intermediate fleet included a Pacer (Alex and David Wilson), two Sabres (Brioney Wilson and Derek Maxted) and one Laser (Evelyn Wilson), while the Seniors fleet comprised two Lasers (Max Brown and Cadan Smith) and John Gratton in his Sabre.
Strong winds just before the race start put a few others off competing, electing to help out in support boats instead.
There were a couple of capsizes, but ultimately the wind settled and everyone had a really pleasant sail.
Derek Maxted proved something of a dark horse, blitzing the Pacer and other Sabre in Race 3 in the Intermediate fleet.
Results will be posted on the club's Facebook page.
The official Opening Day is this weekend, with the first Club Championship round the following weekend.
GAC Sailing has just opened bookings for the popular Learn-to-Sail courses to be run in the first two weeks of January 2022.
These courses are intended for young beginners, and provide an ideal introduction to the sport by qualified instructors on the ideal sheltered waters of the River Murray at Goolwa.
They are normally very well supported, educational and enjoyable.
By the end of the four half-day course, students will have had experience in both crewing and skippering dinghies, and will be ready to take the next steps, with many of them going on to join the Sunday morning training groups.
For more details, see the GAC Sailing web page at https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.goolwaaquaticclub.com/learn-to-sail