Sunday brought calm seas, warm weather and light, fickle breezes of only 3 – 5 kts, making the strong tide once again a feature of tactics for competitors in the National 18 Cup series.
8 of the 16 who signed out for the Cup completed the first race, but the second had to be abandoned due to course conditions when confusion over the positioning of the windward mark led to it being subject to protest. The proliferation of pots with flags in the race area led to the mistake. However, the third race proceeded normally, with 6 finishers.
Both races were won by Dave Stubbs with crew Paul Aitken, while Simon Clark took a second as did Pete Morton. Sailing his Contender, a single-handed trapeze class, youth sailor Fraser Earle gained a 6th and Jake Stow with Max Helston in the Fireball got a 5th.
Results. National 18 Cup (and Midsummer Series Races 4&6)
Dave Stubbs and Paul. Aitken (RS400)
Pete Morton (Albacore)
Hilton Davis (K1)
Dave. Stubbs and Paul Aitken (RS400)
Simon Clark (RS 700)
James Fuller (RS 700)
Optimist Cadet Course Certificates awarded.
At the final session of their course, with ages ranging from 6 to 11 years, the latest group of Oppie Cadets finished with capsize drill and a test of knots. All couples had achieved sailing on their own and were delighted with their success. About half will go on to buy their own Optimists and continue with the Intermediate Oppie group after the holidays. A BBQ was provided by Sue Stubbs and Cathy Aitken with a team of parents. Medals and certificates were presented by Vice Commodore Dave Stubbs. The next course will be in the spring 2017.