Goolwa Aquatic Club holds open day and races in the safe waters of Goolwa

SEASON AWAY: Goolwa Aquatic Club Commodore Craig Thornquest and Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club Commodore, Randal Cooper celebrating the official opening of the season.

SEASON AWAY: Goolwa Aquatic Club Commodore Craig Thornquest and Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club Commodore, Randal Cooper celebrating the official opening of the season.

Just a small fleet participated in Sunday's dinghy racing at Goolwa Aquatic Club (GAC), with a number of regular sailors committed elsewhere. Those present were treated to a perfect sunny spring day.

The light breeze suited the three Tasars, which not surprisingly took top placings in each race. Christine and Geoff Potts finished first in each of the three races, with Ben Kelsey (sailing solo) in second and Peg Offler and Bryan Lindsay in third. The modified sail Sabre of Rob Gale also proved too fast in the conditions for the conventional Sabre fleet, with Rob fourth in each of the races.

Of the five standard Sabres, Peter Leader took one win, and John Gratton two, with Ron Rickards taking two second places and a third. Dave Steele and daughter Kelly enjoyed practicing spinnaker work in a club Pacer dinghy and finished each race just off the back of the lead Sabre fleet, almost overhauled by Derek Maxted in his Sabre in the third race; Peter de Vries not troubling the scorers on this particular occasion.

Overall, on yardstick, Christine and Geoff Potts won the day, narrowly ahead of John Gratton, who edged out Ben Kelsey third place on count back. Preliminary handicap results have Peg and Bryan first, ahead of Ben Kelsey, with Ron Rickards in third place.

Only one dinghy sailed in the junior fleet; Mitchell Kelsey and Lucas Byrnes continue to polish their skills in the International Cadet.

The next two weekends are club championship rounds. Additionally, on November 13 and 14, Tasar sailors will be converging on GAC for a round of the Travellers' Series, which should see some exciting racing.

GAC Opening Day was held on Sunday, October 17. There were Cruising Boats, Dragon Boats, Sailing Dinghies and Vintage Boats enjoying perfect conditions to conduct their 'Sail Past' to begin the Sailing Season.

Commodore Craig Thornquest thanked Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes for officially opening the Aquatic Season along with Karen Gymer and Marita Thornquest for organising the food along with enormous support club volunteers in the kitchen and behind the bar.

"It was appreciated that many of our sponsors could also attend to accept our hospitality for their appreciated support though out the year. Thank you to Queensland member and photographer, Suzanne O'Connell for recording the day on film and Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club Commodore, Randal Cooper for his enthusiastic support," Craig said.

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