Sailors sprint into off-beach sea­son

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.whit­sun­day­sail­ing­ or con­tact Jenny Mairs on 0419 378 517.

OFF THE BEACH: Ju­nior Sailors round­ing the bouy on Sun­day's sprint course.

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