There is no question when you look at the photo to the left that these young teenagers can sail. As I said last week there were four boats fighting it out at the front of the fleet for the Junior Heron States. All four of them took a race win with Georgia and Samuel taking two. Jerome Watts and crew Katrina taking out First Place overall. Georgia finished second with Emma and Matt close behind on equal points. Proving that any of them could have won this event on their best day. Georgia’s capsize last weekend no doubt cost her a great deal but these are the things that you learn from to make you better sailors and as she finished with two race wins there is no doubt she has learnt her lesson. Sailing is something we do because we love it. Forget about the pressure and stress just go out there and enjoy yourself and the results will follow! Georgia is not only a good friend but one of our DeckHardware Ambassadors.
The weather certainly made it interesting for those of us setting the course. Huge thanks to my good mate Goughy for keeping me company in the RIB. The breeze on Saturday luckily held off changing from the east to the southeast just as the last boats finished the first race. Meaning we had to do a course change in between races as well as making sure everyone had enough water to drink on the hot day. With the southerly also came some breeze and there was one reach in particular that it was great to watch the little ones in the Junior / Senior fleet getting up on the plane. Sunday was back to being a light easterly.
The smiles on the faces of everyone young and old was fantastic and there is no doubt as to how much this event is loved by these sailors. A huge congratulations to all who competed! Especially those who were skippering for the very first time!
Photos from the event that I took from the RIB: