Off beach sailors take the next train­ing steps

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

WITH the Win­ter Se­ries now com­plete, off beach sailors at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club are al­ready look­ing for­ward to the next steps.

The Learn to Sail group held their fi­nal ses­sion on Sun­day and next term will progress to Learn to Race.

Two of the group will race in the Laser 4.7 class and the oth­ers will learn to race in the club-owned Op­ti­mists and Opti tacker class.

The group min­gled with off beach rac­ers on Sun­day at a bar­beque on the Sail­ing Club’s lawns, where Off Beach Com­modore Luke Mairs pre­sented the prizes for the Win­ter Se­ries.

Mr Mairs said he was very pleased to re­port that 25 skip­pers had com­peted in the se­ries’ 22 races held over nine weeks.

He noted many of the club’s mem­bers had jobs with week­end ros­ters mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble for all sailors to com­pete each Sun­day, with par­tic­i­pants able to drop five races and still be in with a chance.

In the off beach se­nior di­vi­sion Mairs took out first place sail­ing a Laser stan­dard rig, while Jo­hanna and Dennis Win­stan­ley were sec­ond in their Tasar and one-de­sign windsurfer.

Youth sailor Cam Brown was third sail­ing a Laser ra­dial rig.

In the ju­nior di­vi­sion only one point sep­a­rated Tessa Mun­ster from Aochi Dib­bin, with Bon­nie Syme and Hay­ley Dib­bin in third and fourth place.

Af­ter the bar­beque the off beach group held two races, the re­sults of which will be car­ried for­ward to the Spring Se­ries start­ing on July 19.

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