Sailing At GSC-A Quick Update
As we progress well into the GSC sailing season and fastly approach the warmer months a quick update on the various sailing around the club is needed. Why? Not to go on about GSC’s success but to convince you why you should jump off the sideline and get involved in sailing at GSC.
Over the past few weeks various courses have been running around the club on Saturday mornings, afternoons and Wednesday evenings. Further to this there’s also been some great success at many interclub regattas, GSC skill spreading further than our beautiful Brisbane Waters.
Observing from a distance is one thing, but getting involved in any of the many club courses GSC has to offer really gives you that long-needed smile at the end of the week. I’ll show you what I mean.
The 1st place to start is to give you an insight into our Saturday morning level 2 sailing sessions. Run by many of our up-and coming GSC instructor’s the level 2 sailing program is for kids aged 7-12 who are just starting to stretch their legs and jump on the side of a gunnel ready to hike out of the boat for the 1st time. Although the weather hasn’t been the best for these beginner sailors, just like the horses who raced in the Melbourne Cup race on Tuesday they are looking like they’re all in great stead, progressing well and taking their 1st step to success in their sailing career.
Moving on to the level 3 program (Silver Fleet Program) means sailors become independent of an instructor by their side and can steer a boat throughout a race-course with a coach to guide and improve racing techniques. This sailing season we have 12 young sailors involved, who each week are keen to keep learning and improving. Coach Caitlyn McIntosh says she’s pleased with their progress so far and looks forward to watching them improve their skills in the coming weeks. Last weekend showed this group’s determination and dedication to the program, going out sailing in 15-20 knots of breeze and large swell. Despite some capsizes the young sailors managed to keep a smile all the way around the race-track. Clearly the course must be of great success!
The Junior section, involving optimist, sabot and flying 11 sailors continues to thrive each week, with weekly updates posted on their Facebook page ‘GosfordJuniorSailing’ showing many exciting and pleasing results. With the funds from their popular sausage sizzles sold on Saturday afternoon, the Junior section has also had training on Friday afternoons. The training has been great so far! Junior GSC sailing success has been viewed at many interclub regattas this sailing season, the most recent being the annual Zhik regatta at South Lake Maquarie Sailing Club. GSC sailors’ Logan Radford came 1st and Bridget Conrad came 2nd in the Flying Ant division, while Will Rivers came 3rd in the Open Optimist division and Kye Rivers came 2nd in the Intermediate Optimist division.
The GSC Youth Sailing Academy is another course to look out for with sailors aged 13-18 involved. The Youth Sailing Academy runs every Tuesday afternoon and this year’s course has a record number of 12 students enrolled. The 1st week of the course saw winds of over 20 knots, so sailors took part in both a theory session followed by a quick fitness session. Last Tuesday the breeze gave the sailors a good shake in for their 1st on water sailing session. Two Magic 25 sailing boats were taken out, many sailors grinning as they were introduced to a new hiking technique on the larger boats. The Youth Sailing academy will continue to run until Christmas with the aim to introduce match-racing techniques.
Meanwhile, racing for the Laser, Etchell, NS14/MGs and Mixed Fleet sections run on Saturday afternoons many sailors competitively racing and others out for some weekend fun. Twilight racing is at its peak, the Pirate-themed night transforming the boat park with many fantastic pirate costumes.
GSC would like to thank everyone who is involved in the racing each week and encourages anyone interested in sailing to jump off the sideline and get involved in the action. Over the next couple of months many new courses will be available. A twilight discover sailing experience session might be an option, for just $30 a session you can jump aboard a Magic 25 yacht and race in the Wednesday night twilight racing. The level 1 sailing courses for kids is now also open for enrolment. This is a 3 day course offered in the January school holiday period for kids wanting to start sailing. If your whole family would like to get involved then the Family discover sailing experience program may also be an option. It will also be offered for the 1st time these upcoming school holidays. For more information on how to get involved in sailing at GSC please head to the club website on: http://websites.sportstg.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=0-10984-0-0-0