Wednesday, 5 October 2011

We are sailing again

22 October 2006

We Are Sailing Again

Carcoar Dam Sailing Club has started the season with a bang in 2006/7 with great weather (but not very much water) and new members bringing a new and exciting standard to the club.

David and Michelle Tory have joined us from Parkes with their two young sons. Folkert and Sara Janssen, and their two daughters, also join us from Cowra. A very big welcome to you all and it is especially refreshing to have young children at the club once more.

The club-owned boats (a Laser and Topper kindly donated) have proved their worth being available for the new members to try before they commit to a particular type of boat, and in fact the Laser especially has shown that a bit of age on a boat is no impediment to its speed. Folkert Janssen sailing the club Laser showed the fleet what his style is all about hiking as straight as a plank (must be good to be young!) with lots of speed to lead the fleet in all races (I wonder if his knees hurt on Monday as do your author's). Dave Tory tried out the Topper and concluded that a Laser is for him too so the Laser fleet continues to grow.

Jill Benson and Rosie Body were OODs for the day starting and finishing races on what proved to be competitive courses considering the small lake on which we sail.

The cats division was dominated by Dick ("Safari") Benson who misses the competition from Jim Nutley of Parkes. Ashley Johnson from Orange competed well on the first Sunday outing.

Monohull honours on corrected time from the last two weekends were shared between Folkert Janssen (one first and three seconds) Geoff Body (one first, a second a third and a fourth) and the "quiet one", Tim Hone with two firsts, sailing only on the second Sunday. We think we might have Marcia Lac under a bit of pressure this year with only a third and a fourth to her credit thus far. Mal Kiely, from Bathurst scored two thirds on the first weekend but faded a little on the second Sunday race day, however he enjoyed the sail as usual. Good to see Greg ("Wrong Way") Unwin back on the water but the winter off-season proved the cobwebs were still there being beaten by Mark Fletcher in the first race and a broken tiller (not supposed to sit on them Greg) in the second. The occasional swim didn't help either.

The interesting point of note was the close results after adjusting for handicaps. Only forty seconds separated the first four boats last weekend.

Next weekend (29th October) we look forward to sailing with Sailability who conduct their monthly outing on the last Sunday of the month. Competition with Peter Worsley and Gary Star and all-comers is always fun and their corrected times in their specially equipped boats are always very competitive.

Keep the breeze free.

Geoff Body

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