Sunday morning 11:00 saw ten P’s getting ready for launch in light, shifty conditions under an overcast sky threatening fog…ideal conditions for water-fights, not so ideal for sailing!  After Juniors Rep Justin Pauley’s inaugural briefing (expected to be standard operating procedure this season), kids flew down the ramp and then sculled away from the jetty.

Four Optis joined them shortly, after participating in some learn-to-sail instructions ashore; numbers were lighter than expected with several away over the long holiday weekend.  Nevertheless with some fourteen kids on the water, two RIBs kept watch, and other than the occasional boom-to-head lessons there were no mishaps.

Juniors sailing is expected to continue with an emphasis on Sunday mornings, though more advanced Juniors will often be found sailing alongside the seniors on Saturday afternoons.  As the season progresses with warmer water and weather, it is hoped some after-school and twilight sailing will be arranged.

New sailors get ready to launch their Optimist dinghies at Timaru Yacht & Power Boat Club on Sunday, 23 September 2018.