Welcome to spiral Class
If this is winter, bring it on!
DAC, Saturday May 7, 12:30pm. Race due to start at 13:30. No wind. There was a breeze. But it’s gone!
Three of us, Frank Williams, Peter Bates and Grae Baker having lunch, looking at the glassy surface of Iron Cove. Who else would be brave enough to face the winter weather? Others said they might, but…
And then Graham and Roz Tindall arrived. And Renee was on her way from Mt Colah!
Briefing was on optimistic affair. With the plan to sail short courses, with 3 of the five legs being reaches. And only a puff of wind? Finish rigging and hope.
Renee arrived. Masts went in, then the breeze came in too.
There are Optimists and Bics crowding the start line with the organisation of a school class on an excursion. Roz took off with a great start followed by Graham. The rest seemed a bit disorganised, politely letting the locals go first.
Roz lead all the way until the last mark, then a misunderstanding of the course, allowed Graham to get in front for the run to the finish, followed by Peter, Frank, Renee, Grae and Roz.
The breeze was building with light gusts to giving lifts towards the fist mark…if you were on the right side…or knocking away from the mark, if you were not. And the wind was shifting more easterly.
Graham shot out with a good start followed by Peter and Frank, using the lifts to sail almost straight to the mark. Grae, Roz and Renee were working their way through the smaller boats in the fleet, including a good little sailor sailing a Flying 11 single handed. The wind was turning tricky at what was becoming the windward mark near Leichhardt. Graham kept his good lead, with Grae, Frank, Roz, Renee and Peter catching up on the following breeze.
Race Three (Yes. Three!)
Grae got the best start when the sea of Optimists unexpected parted, 5 seconds before the start. Graham went for clear water further down the line. Working hard, using the lifts, almost got us to the first mark without tacking. To get to the second, now definitely windward, you had to work up, putting plenty in the bank, ready for the knock trying to force you down short of the mark. A broad reach back to the first mark, then another banking work, before the run to the finish. Grae stayed in front, followed by Graham, Renee, Frank, Roz and Peter.
Three races finished at 15:30. A lovely afternoon ‘at the office’ in ‘goldilocks’ conditions. Bring on the next day of DAC winter series on the first Saturday in June.
A little about spirals
At Concord & Ryde Sailing Club we have a large and ever growing Spiral fleet. The boat is very popular and suitable for one person to sail. It is perfect for beginners all the way to competitive sailors.
Class Captain: Peter Bates
Phone Number: 0423 708 483
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