Dinghies take on water at the Goolwa Aquatic Club | The temperature

On the Water: Hamish Robinson in his Opti challenged the Pacers in the Junior Division this weekend. Pictured: Bryan Lindsay.

A relatively small fleet gathered at the Goolwa Aquatic Club (GAC) on Sunday afternoon for the weekly dinghy race.

By the time the race started, the strong winds had moderated and sailors were enjoying a steady east-southeast breeze and mild, sunny conditions.

Only four dinghies have competed in the senior division. John Gratton set the tone at the front of the fleet in his Saber bad luckand was never challenged for the lead.

Derek and Dwayne in Tasar Demi Lee seemed to mostly benefit from the cool conditions, finishing second in each race, but was edged out by Ian Withall in his Laser (4.7 rig) Lionheart in the yardstick.

Zoe and Peter Robinson took to the water in a Pacer canoe as a father-daughter combination and closed the fleet.

Overall the day went to John Gratton ahead of Derek and Dwayne, the only senior boats to complete all three races, as the breeze picked up for the final race.

The junior fleet included three Pacer dinghies and one Optimist. The Blue Sail Pacer Wilson’s Wonderskippered by junior Opti star Evelyn Wilson with her brother Alex and father David as her crew took first place in every race.

Challenging them for the lead, was Hamish Robinson in his Optimist Speed ​​of light , finishing second on the line in Races 1 and 2, but unfortunately failing to finish Race 3 as the wind was blowing well over 20 knots. It was great to see some of the club’s newest sailors along with two of the more experienced juniors trying their hand at racing on a tough day.

Pacer fabulous cows skippered by Kelly Steele and crewed by Kiana, Georgie and Lucas successfully completed all three races, finishing third, third and second. The group looked like they had an absolute ball on the water.

Amber Murphy and Sarah Attrill, paired in a Pacer, rounded out the junior fleet, doing well in Race 1 but dropping out of Race 2. Overall, the Wilson family just beat Hamish to take the junior fleet win for the day.

Next weekend will be the highly anticipated annual Rat Race event at the Clayton Bay Boat Club. The last day of GAC racing for the summer sailing series will take place on Sunday March 29, before the start of the winter series on May 3.

GAC offers a wonderful, relaxed and friendly environment for dinghy sailing, with lively competition for sailors of all levels and junior coaching tailored to the current needs of our youngest members.

The club is always looking for new sailing members but also volunteers (both on and off the water) to help run club sailing days.

Past yacht and dinghy racing experience would be helpful, and they would be very keen to hear from former sailors who are looking to stay involved in the sport and help promote the sport into the next generation. However, such experience is not necessary.

Anyone interested in sailing or volunteering is welcome to come to the club on a sailing day and see its activities first hand.

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