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79 Bay St
Double Bay, NSW, 2028

The finest Laser sailing club in the world, located in Double Bay on Sydney Harbour.


Last Saturday’s Sprints

Kirk Marcolina

Our first event for 2018 was sprint racing on Saturday. It was a beautiful, warm afternoon, with a rapidly strengthening NNE gradient breeze, starting at 17-22kts and increasing to 23-28kts by the time we finished our six short 15-minute races.  The outgoing tide made for brutal chop upwind and exciting rides downwind.

We fielded a fleet of 15 boats with good close racing and plenty of top mark action on the shortened course. Our on-water team of Hadrien Bourley (PRO), Derek Hand and Geoff Kirk, set a great course and conducted the races well.  Several of us were a little dusty after too much eating and drinking over the holidays, evidenced by hiking fatigue, sloppy mark roundings, and plenty of capsizes!

Ashley Deacon, fresh back from a broken leg, gave us a good show when he forgot how far to duck in a powerful gybe, and found himself flung from his boat, seriously dazed, with an enormous gash on his head, and blood everywhere. Thanks to our on-water team for a snappy rescue, after which Hadrien sailed Ash's boat back to shore, and Geoff "The Doctor" Kirk administered some quality first aid, before Mike Dunne drove Ash to hospital for a check-up.  Three stitches later, all ended well.  Ash sent a text asking us to pass on his thanks to everyone for all their assistance.  Let's see if he wears a helmet on Wednesday.