Juniors make journey from fields to ocean
FROM a cattle station to the waters of Pioneer Bay, the Pegg family travel 45 minutes to be part of the Whitsunday Sailing Club.
Originally from central Queensland, the family has moved to the station near Proserpine and juniors Jessie, Lisa and Luke Pegg are keen to improve their sailing skills so they can race with the club.
The Peggs were among a new group who took to the water with enthusiasm last Sunday after a training exercise the previous week.
Off Beach Rear Commodore Luke Mairs said everyone was able to apply what they had learned and sail with confidence around two buoys.
The session concluded with a capsize practice in deep water.
Once the learn-to-sail boats were packed away, the experienced racers took to the water in light north-easterly winds for week three of the Off Beach Winter Series.
In the junior division, Hamish Swain and Aiden Gummow showed off the skills they had gained through advanced coaching and participation in Australian championships.
Both boys had good starts, with Hamish finishing only seconds ahead of Aiden in the two races. Tessa Munster finished in third place, with Bonnie Syme and Hayley Dibbin doing well in their first year of racing.
In the senior division, Dan Townsend sailed his Arrow catamaran first across the line, followed by Johanna and Dennis Winstanley in their Tasar.
There was close competition in the Laser division, with Luke Mairs winning the first race and Gary Brown the second.
The racing group welcomed back two young sailors in the laser 4.7 class. Jasmin Tickle started her sailing in an Optimist before progressing to a crew position in a 420 dinghy with Eva Lorenz.
The pair have sailed together successfully in Australian championships in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, but with Eva now at university in Townsville, Jasmin has decided to continue her sailing in a single-handed class.
Ruby Osborne was formerly a Sabot sailor and is also returning to sailing at the club.
AT THE HELM: Jessie Pegg enjoying the sail training at the Whitsunday Sailing Club last Sunday.