Sunday Sailing | 15th October ’23

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A sensational day was had on a Spring’s Sunday at Plantation Point, as ten kids and three big kids hit the water on the VCS’s Hobie fleet.

After a brief rundown from their ‘race’ officer John, it started with a sprint on the beach to the boats. Lottie, Liana & Bead on Hobie Wave 1 took an early lead against the boys Ed, Kai & Adam who was showing his mum (Annette) the ropes, on Hobie Wave 2. The boys claiming they had sticks in their rudders preventing any kind of steerage (at least they remembered the bungs!).

Leo, Mack and Steve headed off on a Dragoon while Rene ,Joel, Evan & Co went cruising on the Getaway.

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After a couple laps of a makeshift course HW1 made it home first never giving up their initial lead. After a short break for sausage sanga (special thanks to Claire for the DoorDash), the inevitable intentional capsize resulted in four in the water. A successful righting produced a couple of sore heads but no serious damage done.

After a solid session at Coondoo on the mountain bikes, Hazel took her younger brother, Myles for a spin on the Dragoon for the first time this season. Reports from their parents indicate it was a successful first venture.

The day ended with the season‘s first Parents Hobie Wave challenge as Rene and myself duelled it out (literally) as the two boats collided while rounding the first mark. Rene took a solid lead before overshooting the second mark by about a mile allowing his opposition underneath and into the lead. He had to settle for second best as he was unable to close the gap on the downwind run, before ending the race on the reef (now known as Rene’s Reef).

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Meanwhile, up north on Lake Macquarie, a number of our Hobie 14 sailors were competing in the Phil Johnston Memorial 14ft Regatta at Mannering Park Amateur Sailing Club. As of Saturday night, Paddy was in the lead with a two point lead over Andrew, and MB. Also on the race track, Bridgey was competing in her first ever regatta as a skipper solo, whilst Spinelli and Gav joined the VSC team were they raced in a fleet of 17 Hobie 14s. Tune in for the travel update later this week.

Thanks to all for a great day out. I hope all the kids (and big kids) enjoyed their day. They’ll be more each week so keep an eye out here, for a heads up on what’s going on. Check out our Grom Squad Results for the Spring Season.