I think it is safe to say this years club week was a success, sunshine and good wind ensure everyone got lots of sailing and lots of fun. We had 6o children on the water with the youngest 4 and the oldest just turning 17. Split between six groups we had the Sharks in Fava's, Barracuda's in Toppers, Dolphins in Quba's & Pico's, Manta ray's in Quba's & Tera's, Sting ray's in Optimists & Wayfarer and Tadpoles in Wayfarer, Topaz and Kayaks. All in all thiry plus boats were put to sea and what a sight it was.
Monday and Tuesday were spent sailing in groups. We decided to take advantage of the wind as Wednesday was forecast to be a bit strong for the less experienced and so it turned out. With the forecast correct we sent the Sharks and Barracudas off to sail and launched a couple of wayfarers to take those who still wanted to sail off for a blast. Everyone else gathered on the beach for Dragon boat racing in Optimist hulls and raft building using windsurf hulls and kayaks, not sure who won the subsequent races but lots of fun was had. Finally we broke out the water pistols and had a mass water fight. With the wind remaining strong we moved the BBQ forward, cleaned up and packed away and had prize giving before finishing up mid afternoon.
This year also saw the inaugural club week match racing event held on Tuesday evening. The goal was to have some fun and enable members who had to work during the day to join in the fun of club week. This involved one on one Feva racing over a short coarse. Helm/crews were drawn at random from a hat and each raced twice taking turns to helm and crew. Laurie kindly acted as RO and set a coarse close to the shore so those waiting to race could cheer/barrack those racing. This resulted in some weird match ups and humorous incidents were aplenty, a great way to let off steam.
Finally a big thank you to everyone galley, shore, instructors, safety boat crew, etc. Every joined in and contributed to making the week a success, it was hard work but it was fantastic to see see te children having fun and learning/improving their sailing skills. You might think me a fool but I'm already looking forward to next year and doing it again.
Some pictures from the week
A pictures of the Match racing