Sailors sprint into off-beach season
THE Whitsunday Sailing Club’s 2015 off-beach program started on Sunday, with a sprint series to be held over five weeks.
An enthusiastic group of off-beach sailors took to the water for the first session of the season to hone their racing skills.
Multiple starts over a short course made for close racing as well as helping sailors better understand ‘the rules of the road’.
Off-beach spokesperson Jenny Mairs said the club was fortunate to have junior sailors who had competed in many Australian Championships mixing in with sailors who completed the Green Fleet B learn to sail program last year.
The day started with a briefing by volunteer coach Sean O'Reagan on ‘ better sailing position in the boat’.
Racing followed, including on-water coaching and concluded with individual debriefs from the coach.
Mrs Mairs said the club's fleet of Optimists had already been leased for the up- coming sprint series.
“[But] there are still club Lasers, Corsairs and Opti Tackers for lease by both adults and children who have attained a standard where they are able to sail to windward,” she said.
Also coming up is the 2015 Green Fleet B learn to sail program for children aged 912 years, which will start at the beginning of school term 2.
Learn to sail tuition for people aged 13-plus will be run at the same time.
Mrs Mairs said places were limited “so pre-booking is essential”.
For more information visit www.whitsundaysailingclub.com.au or contact Jenny Mairs on 0419 378 517.
OFF THE BEACH: Junior Sailors rounding the bouy on Sunday's sprint course.