In the afternoon conditions improved somewhat and nine boats competed in the 2nd Spring Aggregate race at Cairn Curran in moderate 12–15 knot SW breezes. The wind picked up considerably part way through the race peaking at approximately 25 knots and saw several boats return to shore to avoid damage to the craft and the sailors on board. Joey Norris and Steve Parson got into difficulties on their f18 catamaran 'Final Thrust' capsizing and requiring assistance from the safety boat crew eventually beached the craft near the shore at the clubhouse.
Glenn Weeks on a Paper Tiger 'Aeroticat' also capsized. Glenn sustained an injury after an uncontrolled jibe, with the boom impacting his head. Glenn was later treated at Bendigo hospital for damage to his ear but was in an otherwise good condition and spirits. Club member Chas Thompson retrieved one of Glenn's rudder blades from the shore in Woolshed bay yesterday. No major damage was done.
Completing the course and finishing first was Chas Thompson in Impulse 'Fire in the Sky', followed by Craig Conn and Darren Hocking in Flying Fifteen 'F Foxy' and Mal McPherson in Impulse 'Bathsheba'.
Race officers and crew, Ray Eastwood, Harvey Jones and Brian Reynolds did a great job of setting the course, running the race and assisting boats that got into trouble, well done guys.
On Sunday the club Principal Race Officer training day was held for duty crews, and were able to use the previous day's conditions and experience to further develop it's safety practices and training for other members.
Next week's event is the 3rd Spring Aggregate and 2nd Club Championship race.
The club is also preparing for a new intake of trainees commencing Saturday 3 November for anyone interested in learning to sail, information is available on the club website ccsc.org.au