Optimist Green Fleet NSW Youth Championships Report
by Conor Campbell (Green Fleet Coach)
The Optimist Green fleet did have quite a long, long weekend with only one day on the water. None the less there were many beach activities to maintain the smiles. Games like kung-fu ninja and sardines resulted in 13 kids, coach included, tearing around the beach and boat park.
When it came to the racing, Sunday was the day with eight races completed in varying conditions. The morning started with a shifty westerly coming off the beach, in which three races were done and results were quite varied. The later the day got the more the tide became a factor as many of the green-fleeters discovered on the reaching leg.
In the second session the sailors powered through four races in more stable, sea breeze conditions. This allowed the fleet to bunch up more and lead to more competitive sailing where mark-roundings became quite hectic at times. Tide was still a major factor in this session as some sailors were able to skilfully keep their first work to a single tack.
The last session of racing for the day was most of the kids’ favourites as the classic Sydney nor’easter strengthened and against an outgoing tide gave quite a lot of chop around Dolls Point. This led to some awesome surfing just off the point, which was the highlight for most of the kids (and the coach who watched on enviously).
Overall the regatta was fun for all kids which is the aim of green fleet so in all it was a successful regatta.
Thanks to all of the competitors and their parents for coming down to George’s River Sailing Club and supporting this Green Fleet Regatta.