WA sailors cross the river to join fleet racing

A group of Liberty Sailors in Western Australia have joined in a racing program at a new club for the first time.
Normally competing most Sunday afternoons with the dinghy division at Royal Perth Yacht Club, the sailors found themselves without regular competition as RPYC have moved all their racing to Fremantle until after Xmas. Some of the sailors hadn't even been in their boats since Goolwa so they decided that they had to do something.
South of Perth Yacht Club also have a regular Sunday afternoon racing programme so Tracy Odiam contacted them and asked if the Liberties could join them. They went as an 'Invited' class, raced, and then a few of them made it back there for presentation. The Liberties sailed over to the club in convoy from RPYC with their own support boat and crew then sailed back afterwards. As some of the sailors could not get out of their boats for briefing due to wheelchairs etc,  they all signed on at RPYC, the support team went to the briefing, gave them the sign on sheet etc and the sailors just sailed around until the start.
5 Liberties raced, however, due to time constraints, they only did 2 races as they then had to sail back to RPYC afterwards.
They had Graeme Martin, Mike Cull, Genevieve Wickham, Rachel Cox -sailing a dinghy for the first time in a long time - and Tracy Odiam.
!st Race;
1st Rachel
2nd Mike
3rd Graeme
2nd Race
1st Graeme
2nd Mike
3rd Rachel
The weather conditions were fairly blowy and quite choppy - the sailors had full wet weather gear on and there was plenty of water in the boats afterwards.  Tracy commented - "It was a full on day, I was exhausted as were all I believe. They are a great club, really professionally run with the dinghies. We were welcomed and thanked for joining them, and we are hoping for it to be a regular thing".
Thanks to South of Perth Yacht Club for allowing the Liberties to sail with their fleet. Well done to Tracy and the other WA sailors and their support crews for finding an opportunity to continue their sailing, and coming up with ways to 'attend' the briefings, sign-on's etc.


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