Ellis Beach Opening Regatta
A two day event kicked off with a complete lack of wind. ‘Volare’ had sailed up from Trinity Inlet to act as the start boat. Thanks go to Neil for making the voyage. Two of the three Laser’s were rigged as well as the little Nacra 350’s. These were joined by two bigger Nacras, a 5.6 sailed by Adam and the other a 5.5 purchase by Kevin, rigged and ready to go. A wisp of a breeze got up in the afternoon but generally drifting was the exercise of the day.
Day two saw a more reliable Sou-Easter come in past Double Island and Barry was out laying out a course early. Racing got under way with three Laser’s, two Nacra 350’s and the big Nacra’s heading out for a bit of fun. They shot around the course however Kev & Allan did take a dive to practice there righting skills. (More gym memberships required I think)
24 eager participants came to try out some sailing and it was great to see a lot of keen children dragging their parents along so they can avoid soccer or footbrawl. The weather was a bit inclement with showers marching down the Inlet from time to time. A warm thank you to all the volunteers that, in many cases, provided their own boats and otherwise made the day an enjoyable one for all. We have had several new members sign up as a result.
Lady Skippers Race – sponsored by Splishsplash Swimwear
At last some reasonable sailing weather in spite of dire forecasts of strong wind warnings the week before. The usual Trinity Inlet 2 to 25kts of breeze kept everyone on their toes trying to decide if a reef was needed by which time it wasn’t. A match race ensued between Bec Tuma on Out of the Blue and Wendy on Impulse. An early rig failure let Impulse round the first mark, T7 (yellow “admiralty” buoy) ahead then head out the C12 as the breeze freshened. This was perfect for the blue cat, Leitning Storm. They screamed past everyone, so far ahead in fact that the rest of the fleet, who were hoping they would indicate which mark C12 was, but were too far behind to see. Bec snuck past Wendy on the way back to T7 against a strong tide. Some quite exciting tacking duels ensued thence a spinnaker run to “Outer Red”. On the last run out to Outer Red Out of the Blue botched their spinnaker drop and Impulse slid past again to hold the monohull lead to the end finishing only 50 seconds ahead of Out of the Blue after 3 hours & 40 minutes of racing. Meanwhile Leitning Storm had romped in 38 minutes ahead of the fleet. Well done!
Well earned BBQ hamburgers washed down with appropriate liquid refreshments topped of a great day.
And here are the skippers with the sponsor, Francis, 2nd left.
Results on corrected times were…
1 Leitning Storm, 2 Out of the Blue, 3 Impulse, 4 Centinella, 5 Volare
It’s on again, well a “fun regatta” on Easter Saturday & Sunday. If you want to join in, everyone welcome, costs is just $5 per head ($25 non members) to go towards a BBQ at the Boat Shed after. Call Frank to find out more. +61 438 405 800
Keelboat Learn to Sail
The keelboat learn to sail in “The pink J” is well subscribed with increasing participants keen to try out a bigger boat. Please contact Margie at the office 07 4031 2750 or email email@example.com
Coming UP – This Month
20th & 21st April – Easter Saturday & Sunday – Fun regatta
Sunday 28th April – Ellis Beach dinghy sailing. Regular end of the month event. BBQ lunch available.
Saturday 4th May – Fitzroy Island Race – fabulous prize of two nights at the resort for the winner, prizes awarded to only those boats staying for Saturday evening at Roxy’s bar, great live music too.
Saturday 4th May – Learn to Sail course starts. Continues on four consecutive Saturdays, register here…
…or call Margie on 07 4031 2750
20th – 25th May – Port Douglas Race week.
WAGS – Every Wednesday. Yep, still going so no excuses for not sailing. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. No need to call anyone, just turn up. Backpackers welcome, the best value day out on the water you can have in Cairns. (Backpackers WELCOME, we love the international flavour).
Tackers Fun Friday – 4-5:30 pm very Friday
Trackers sailing program
The Tacker Fun Sailing program is romping along every Friday from 4pm to 6pm thanks to Riely and his team. We get “kids” of all sizes and there’s room for more. Bring your kids and grandkids down to the Boatshed and celebrate the end of the working week
The club bar is open so while the kids are out having fun you can sit back and have a wine and watch them sail.
Riley Munro, Harrison and Daniel Brace are there to run the show – bring the kids or the grandkids 4pm to 6pm
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