Sunday mixed-fleet sailing at Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club is off to a great start. For the first Sunday of the season (28th September) we had a good number of starters and a fresh breeze from the NE tending N. The breeze was a bit patchy at times. With more boat traffic and the resulting sloppiness of the water it made for challenging and intensely close racing. You could make up a lot of ground by just paying attention to what was going on around you – unfortunately, the reverse was also true.
In a series of short-course races, the Windsurfer fleet started with the Lasers, three minutes behind the Herons. It became a race of wits to get out in front of the Lasers off the line and then stay out of trouble as we caught up to the Herons. Whoever could get in and stay in clear air did well. Roger Crawford managed to do it most consistently, scoring first places in all races except the last where he came 2nd.
It was great to see Susie Milton grinding it out in the blustery conditions, as well as Rob Jones, who was sick and carrying injuries. Rob was always in the hunt and was up in the first three for most of the races. Tom Bohdan revelled in the windier conditions and showed flashes of brilliance. While plagued with bad luck when up at the front of the fleet Tom managed to finish off well in a few races.
Nick was out there having fun and Rod Hozack kept everyone honest with seconds and thirds and a win in the last race.
Rod’s footage of the afternoon