Friday started off with a First Aid course run at Middle Harbour Yacht Club run by Splint-All. Fantastic course with references to sailing throughout. So good to do and I recommend it to everyone as it was very hands on and not all theory. With real fake blood and needles sticking it of people in mock scenarios and more! This is something I have been meaning to do for a long time and I am glad to have finally ticked it off my list.
Saturday saw me heading out on the water for the first day of The Captain John Piper Match Racing Regatta out of the CYCA. This time I had my own whistle! In the morning there were three of us onboard so for the first time I got to hear Umpires talking to each other which was extremely helpful. In the afternoon it was just Erica Kirby and I which was fantastic as I got to step into the role properly and have a great time doing so. The sunshine and awesome Sydney Harbour Winter weather certainly helped make it such an awesome day out there.
Sunday I ended up at my favourite club, Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Phil Clinton the club Vice Commodore, Phil Yeomans aka Dad the club PRO and myself took out the club start boat Hugh George. Dad was giving us lessons on how to drive the boat so that we will be able to in future. It meant we got to head our of Middle Harbour and down the Main Harbour round Shark Island and back. We ducked into Rose Bay to watch one of the sailors we sponsor Nic Douglass who was out training with her Dad in the Taser as their Nationals get close.
Sydney Harbour certainly put on a show for us. What a perfect winters day! Awesome clear blue sky, crystal clear water and a greats breeze. How lucky were all those out there today!!!
The CYCA fleet was out in force and looked fantastic packing the Harbour and looking amazing. They gave me so many chances to take photos as we headed down the Harbour towards the CYCA start boat to say Hi.
As we packed up the boat to head home one of our other Ambassadors Georgia was heading out in the 420 with her skipper for a spot of training as well! You are all awesome!
A busy week is in my sights as we get into boat show preparation mode for the big Sydney International Boat Show which is sneaking up on us. Plus I will be heading out again next Saturday to learn even more about umpiring!
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