New sailors tak­ing to the wa­ter

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

LAST Sun­day dawned with zero wind but clear blue skies at Air­lie Beach.

This was per­fect con­di­tions for the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club learn-to-sail pro­gram, which is con­ducted each Sun­day morn­ing from 8.30.

The morn­ing was taken up with learn­ing to rig a boat, and to learn the names of the var­i­ous parts of a boat.

Once ready, the stu­dents then took to the wa­ter to learn and prac­tise steer­ing a dinghy, cap­siz­ing and re­cov­ery, and gen­er­ally feel­ing the move­ment of a boat.

By early af­ter­noon, there was a light northerly breeze blow­ing, which was just suf­fi­cient for the reg­u­lar Sun­day af­ter­noon off-the-beach rac- ing.

Bon­nie Syme, sail­ing her Op­ti­mist dinghy, loved the light con­di­tions and recorded two wins and a third to take the daily hon­ours. Sec­ond was new­comer Joshua King, in his first races at the club. He steered his Sabot around the course for two sec­ond places and a fourth. Third place went to Zac Sleight with a sec­ond place and two fourths.

In the se­nior fleet, Ned Sleight sailed his laser ra­dial to a daily win with a first, a sec­ond and a fifth to take the hon­ours from Cameron Brown with a sec­ond, third and fifth and Hamish Swain with a sec­ond, fourth and fifth.

TIGHT TUS­SLE: Close rac­ing in the Laser fleet on Sun­day off the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

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