Learn­ing to sail is an adventure

Bonus aqua park tick­ets for group

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

COACH Sean O’Re­gan turned a bleak day into an adventure for the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s learn to sail group last Sun­day.

First the group prac­tised on land how to hud­dle to­gether and swim to­gether and how to re­move the rigs from their dinghies and take a tow.

Three groups with three boats then set sail with the wind be­hind them for the la­goon beach where a man over­board drill took place un­der the watch­ful eyes of the WSC in­struc­tors and par­ents aboard the club’s two rub­ber ducks.

The group then per­formed what they had learnt on land in the la­goon and were towed back to the club in a line.

Air­lie Ride & Slide owner Lach­lan Queenan saw the train­ing and gave the group a pleas­ant sur­prise by pre­sent­ing them with free passes to the new aqua park.

The Off Beach se­nior and youth sailors then took to the wa­ter for ses­sion six of the nine-week Win­ter Se­ries.

Join­ing this group was Den- nis Win­stan­ley, who was rac­ing on his one de­sign wind­surfer.

Den­nis has won ev­ery na­tional ti­tle on the board over the last 15 years and has also won two world ti­tles.

Rev­el­ling in the strong winds on Sun­day, he took line honours in three races.

Mean­while Luke Mairs won the se­nior Laser di­vi­sion and in the youth fleet Cam Brown won races one and two sail­ing a Laser ra­dial, while Ned Sleight won the third race sail­ing a Laser 4.7.

HAPPY FACES: Coach Sean O’Re­gan, Erin Ap­ple­gate, Ri­ley Ap­ple­gate, Luke Pegg, Josh Ek­ert, Lisa Pegg, Gra­cie Pegg, Seabrea Mil­liken, Jack Opie, Olivia Opie, Jesse Pegg and ob­server Scott Pegg, with their free passes to the new aqua park.

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