DESPITE the lack of scheduled races on Saturday February 16, several members turned up to Lake Jindabyne to assist new members start sailing. New medico at the Jindabyne Medical Centre, Dr Tristyn Lowe, put down her kayak paddle to take up the tiller of a club laser.
Commodore Martin Van Weel showed her and the ropes. Other club members helped to show the newcomers how it's done and an enjoyable afternoon was had by all.
Unfortunately the scheduled twilight race was abandoned on Wednesday February 20 due to the wet and stormy weather and the lack of wind. All the sailors promised to turn up next week.
The inclement weather continued on the weekend too. Three hardy sailors turned up to race three short races on Saturday. A light to medium strength Northerly breeze kept the boats moving across the short chop on the lake surface. Barry Dennis and his Hobie 17 led Tim Symons on his Hobie 17 and Ross Tattersall on his Laser around the short triangle course in race one.
The fickle breeze near Lion Island allowed Tim to catch up to Barry on a handy gust, but Barry kept his nerve and the lead to reach the beach 25 seconds ahead of Tim.
Tim managed to change the order in races two and three.
The breeze softened as the races progressed and Ross managed to stay close enough to the two faster cats to win races two and three on Yardstick corrected times and therefore took out the overall win for the day's events. He was followed by Tim and Barry.
Though the sailing season is getting close to the end, there is still time to enjoy the exciting racing at Lake Jindabyne Sailing Club.