Sprint sailors have titles in their sights
TITLES were the goal during round three of the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s off the beach sprint series last Sunday.
Competing sailors in the off beach senior and Green Fleet A Junior categories were treated to magnificent conditions and 15 knot winds for week three of the fiveweek event.
Off beach spokesperson Jenny Mairs said it was pleasing to see the growth in off beach sailing among both the seniors and juniors and an increased participation in off beach racing at the club.
She said Sunday’s numbers were slightly down due to the scheduled Schools Teams Racing event in Bowen but encouraging nonetheless.
Coach Sean O’Reagan started the session with a briefing on the rules of sailing and how to apply them.
Mrs Mairs said it was the aim of nearly all off beach sailors to compete at state and national championships.
“And to be able to do so with confidence sailors must have a good knowledge of the rules,” she said.
“Boats on a collision course rounding the mark need to know the rules of sailing and [be able] to apply them in a split second.”
Mrs Mairs said the on-water coaching and individual after-race briefings provided by Mr O’Reagan were a great aid to this.
“And the club’s sailors are very pleased to have a coach with the knowledge and international experience to improve the standard of the fleet,” she said.
Close competition reigned throughout Sunday’s threerace event with plenty of skills sharpened in the rounding of the buoys.
Round four of the series will be held this coming Sunday, starting at noon.
For more information about the club’s off beach events contact Jenny Mairs on 0419 378 517.
RULES OF THE ROAD: Boats on a collision course rounding the mark need to know the rules of sailing.