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49er's and Opti's

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Last weekend saw some good breeze across the two days. Saturday saw us at Albert Park doing duty where we witnesses an Impulse turtled. Quite impressive when you realise the lake is only about 2 metres deep. Basically the owner was zooming along hiking when the windward shroud pin let go and the rig went one way and the owner the other.

Sunday was sail training for many clubs. At Sorrento the wind was too strong for the novices to go out on their own so the talented young coaches took the novices out one by one in the Opti’s for windward and downwind legs and tacking practice. This worked well and Finn Hartnett even managed to nose dive his Opti and capsize it when his onboard coach moved her weight to far foward in a gust. Finn thought it was hilarious. The more advanced sailors were put through their paces by Scott Llewellyn and Jonny Rodgers in the 16-18 knot breeze. There were even two 49ers out for some practice fun and Lachie and chased one in our RIB on a reaching leg. Lachie (7 years) had never seen a sailing boat go so fast.Check the 49er footage above if you have never seen one on a reach.

For those Laser and Opti sailors out there check out the Boat Yard at Albert Park they have a great range of clothing just in.

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