It was another glorious Sunday in Jervis Bay down here at the VSC. The sun was shining, the breeze was building, and in an historic fashion, the VSC saw a record of 20 boats hit the water! With 15 Hobie 14s (many of which are fresh onto the water), three Hobie 16’s, the Getaway and both of the Hobie Waves getting some quality sea-time with the VSC’s new-blood, Plantation Point was truly alive.
The day started out grim with a consistent drizzle hanging over the Bay, followed by a complete glass-off, which eventually allowed the blue skies to blast through the clouds, allowing our dear friend, the Nor-easter, to blast across the Bay.
As always our PRO John, and his apprentice for the day Egbert, were on the start boat, so the sailors knew they were in for a good day even before they smashed out a whopping SIX quality races. The dynamic duo set a 600m course with a top and bottom gate, which made racing a little more interesting than usual for the Hobie 14 fleet, allowing for both a port and starboard rounding at the top mark.
The younger Butler made use of this new course configuration on Cheeky II with an individual record of 5 bullets and a dreadful OCS in the fourth race of the day. Closely followed were Craig, Bryn, Jake and the returned legend that is Tait, who could be seen getting back into the groove on his newly refurbished retro Hobie 14.
Notable mentions go to Saxon and Adam, who like ducks to water, looked at home on the 14 as they displayed some excellent boat handling. Noah and Dobbo could be seen battling it out on the start line, warning the other boats to stay out of the way. And most notably, one of our newest members Marc is coming along in leaps and bounds on his recently purchased 14, this is someone the spectators on the grandstand will be needing to keep an eye on in the coming months leading into the NSW Hobie 14 States.
The Hobie 16s were hotly contested with James and Steph, MB and Robbo, and Andrew and Helen, as they battled against one another to see who could take the podium in each hotly contested race.
However, despite all the action taking place on the race course, the Hobie Waves and Getaway were getting plenty of action on the bay with our new and upcoming youth sailors, James, Jed and Henry, clocking in for a second consecutive week with the highest amount of spent sending it on one hull around the Bay,
Stay tuned, as there are some big things to come for these avid young sailors.