Letter from the Commodore 14th November
Posted by David Stanton on 14/11/2017 :: News Category Commodore Letters
Hello Members & Friends of the Club,
With the Open Optimist & Starling class training these last few weeks in preparation for Taupo, & the Youth Classes now starting to ramp up their training for trials in the new year, sailing activities at MBSC have continued to be busy.
MBSC Opti squad have successfully completed the first of the NZ Ranking Regatta for the season in Taupo this last weekend, Fri 10 through Sun 12th at the Bayleys NZIODA North Island Champs. With Starling Class also completing in the Bayleys Starling Travellers Regatta Series for 2017.
We had 20 plus Optimist Open & 4 Optimist Green sailors all representing MBSC. For many in the team this was their first official regatta and Taupo certainly was a great venue to sail.
Many thanks to the team who got away early and set up the MBSC camp site on the shore Wed / Thurs - it was certainly great to have a base to gather and shelter in.
As expected Taupo proved to deliver a mixed bag of weather over the course of the three days. We were initially spoilt with warm sunshine and gentle breezes Friday, a true winters storm on Sat with high 20 gusts, with sailors held ashore under postponement until sufficient wind arrived to complete one race on our final day Sunday. You could say that's yachting.
With all the preparation and training planned you can never confirm the weather so our young sailors skill and setup were certainly tested.
Well done to all MBSC sailors for representing the club proudly, and many thanks to all MBSC parents and coaches for great weekend away. I particularly look forward to the opportunity to see & chat up to our national sailing community. One of the true benefits attending the away regatta is the family friendships, and sailing friendships our young sailors form. Once bitten for the love of sailing these friendships are truly friends for life
So, congratulations to all sailors that took part and completed the races in some very trying conditions, and especially to the sailors that achieved their goals and personal bests.
Stand outs from the weekend that require a special mention include Mason Mulcahy 3rd Open Optimist & Caleb Armit 1st Starling. Impressive sailing!
Sir Peter Blake is fast approaching at Torbay on the 2nd & 3rd Dec. Support boats & volunteers will be required. If you are available to help on and off the water, we do have roles to fill - Doug Tilsley is completing our support roster.
Kim Admore has kindly offered to run two Rib Training sessions for any parent / volunteer that would like to improve their base knowledge and skill work. On and off the water training on offer on the following times while your sailors sail.
· Tuesday 21st Nov 4.30pm to 7.30pm
· Sunday 26th Nov 9.30am to 12.30pm
Watch out for the email and bulletin boards for sign ups.
The Pre-Xmas roster is now complete please check the roster for the remainder of the season on the website.