Cyclones, rain, strong wind warnings, aargh! The climate has played havoc with our sailing schedule since Xmas.
Fitzroy Island race on the 4th May didn’t happen, Bay Race for the 2nd June didn’t happen, even WAGS has seen several cancellations, so there you have it, mother nature doing her best to ruin our sporting endeavours.
Port Douglas Race Week
Nevertheless, Port Douglas Race Week DID happen. We were well represented with Impulse, Yes and Anastasia in division one, Volare and Centinella in division two and Out of the Blue in division four.
The forecast was for 20kts+ for the first two days and all boats enjoyed an exciting down wind run on Sunday & Monday ready for the first races on Tuesday. In the first race Impulse & Yes jockeyed for the bottom of the ladder getting the crew warmed up. The second race saw Yes leap to 3rd place and Impulse creep up to 8th out of 12. By day two, the passage race around Snapper Island, Impulse managed 3rd place while Yes slipped to 7th.
After a breather on Thursday, Frank & Wendy did their homework and rocketed to 1st place for the first race on Friday. Yes crept up to a respectable 5th place. In race five and six, both our boats managed a respectable 5th & 6th place. By the end of the regatta Impulse secured 3rd & Yes 8th out of a fleet of 12. Unfortunately Anastasia went missing for the series.
In division two, Centinella started well with a first in race one and Volare 3rd in a fleet of six. They changed places in race two but were overpowered in the passage race finishing 4th (Centinela) and 5th. Friday saw Volare manage a 2nd & 3rd, Centinela 3rd & 5th, clearly the red cans ran out about lunchtime. The last race, Centinela 4th and, Volare 5th giving an overall score 2nd place to Volare and 5th to Centinela.
Our only entrant in division four, Out of the Blue was crippled with equipment malfunctions on day one & two scoring a DNC for the first three races. In spite of having the 2nd fastest time for the last three races the handicap inherited from last year and a few unfortunate spinnaker prawning exercises meant that they stayed on the bottom of the ladder. Looking for a win with a 30kt upwind home run on the trailer on the way back to Cairns, a trailer wheel decided it could not take the strain and did a bolter into the side of a parked car at Ellis Beach. Fortunately no one was hurt and all were thankful insurance premiums were paid up.
Sailing is easier
Check out this epic guy. Washed up at Trinity Beach after rowing across the Pacific without support, what a monumental achievement.
Perhaps we can offer him a free Learn to Sail course so he can get home.
Junior Sailing – from Scott
I just wanted to say a big THANKS to everyone who supports junior sailing
A few years ago we started with almost no juniors ( and these kids are now young adults Lloyd Bennett Jai Tooley Jai Miller Miranda WilsonVictoria Roy Celeste Lyons Daniel Brace . etc ) but today we have so many young people down at the club with their families ( mum and and Dads ) that it is giving so much life and energy to the club
I thank the older members who offer their support to our new youngsters coming through
The future is bright for the CYC
Learn to Sail
Congratulations to the LTS students who completed their training today, 26th May. The next Learn to Sail has already started (8th June). Great to see so many incoming sailors. Don’t forget to tell somebody (Scott) if you would like to crew on a bigger keel boat. There’s plenty of opportunities.
We hope you join in our club activities and join our community
Keelboat Learn to Sail
The “Pink J” is about to get her bottom scrubbed and new anti-foul applied so we look forward to some more competition on WAGS and, of course, our monthly races. This is available for hire to approved members. Please contact Adrian or just go sailing with him. This is a much better option than owning your own boat… guaranteed!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming UP – This Month
Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th ANNIVERSARY REGATTA – Frank has devised a great programme of sailing for this weekend. There will be a race to Yorkeys Knob and return on Saturday and two short races on Sunday followed by a BBQ at the Boatshed., We are celebrating 111 years this year! Hope to see you all at the briefing 0900 on Saturday.
Friday 21st June – NEW PACERS ARRIVE – YEAH!! Our much awaited new Pacers will arrive in a container and have to be unpacked. It will be necessary to hand the hulls to a crew on the ground that will put them on their dollies. The masts and sails will be separate and will need to be rigged, presumably at a separate time. We probably need a crew of around six to help out. Call Scott if you can help out & have not indicated your willingness to help on the FB page.
Saturday 29th June – TWO ISLANDS RACE – Strong wind warning!!! (Just joking, it’s going to be perfect weather). Details TBA but promises to be something new and different. Keep a watch on our FaceBook page.
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