A team of 9 Laser sailors headed up to Gosford for this years round of the Coasts. We had a great forecast for Saturday and a shocker for Sunday – which is essentially what we got!. Saturday’s southerly allowed us all to get 3 great races, held in a solid 18-20 knots.
The course was very well setup by RO Col Chidgey and we all had a blast across the bottom reach – not that we could see much on the way due to spray everywhere.
In the 4.7 fleet, the 2 lightweights Jack and Morgan found it tough going, especially by the end of the 3rd race, but Tom had a solid day with a 5/5/4.
Over in the Radials, we had a mix of the young, the still just about young and the young at heart. We also had a great day and were very relieved that a 4th race was not called.
Over in the Standards, Liam had a solid and very enjoyable (but lonely) afternoon – he needs some RPA team mates to join him on these events (come on guys)!
Sunday’s light forecast dawned true to form, so we had a short hold onshore as it dropped, then disappeared then came back from the SE. We headed out, got a reasonable light race in just before it went around to the NE. The 2nd race became a bit of a tough one with the breeze all over the place – most of us by this stage were wishing we had stayed ashore, but that’s not why we travel to these regattas. With time running out, we headed in without doing the 6th race, which allowed a nice relaxed pack up prior to Presso.
Nathan was the only RPA award winner for the weekend, with first U17 in the Radial and a 4th overall, but he was pushed very hard by Jarrah in 5th and who’d had a great first day.
Well done to all the sailors, especially the youngsters for handling Saturdays conditions so well. There are some pictures posted on the “RPA Lasers” FB Group (if you don’t have access to this contact Steve Bryant). If you have not done a Laser regatta yet, then next month there is the perfect opportunity for you to get out there and do it! Laser States are being held at Double Bay SC on the weekend 18/19 November. It will be huge, so get your entry in. If you need assistance getting there, then just ask and we will sort you out!
By Steve Bryant
The final results of the Coasts at Gosford Sailing Club 21-22 October 2017 are linked below.
There are some great photos from the first day taken by Jane Humphris which you can see HERE.