New sailors taking to 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.