Father’s Day saw the now regular ‘race’ on the water between our junior sailors and their Dads with nearly 40 boats taking to the course.

Rather than the previous year’s water fight and carnage, not to mention potential risk to vessels, we decided to create a proper race to foster some competition and enable the kids to demonstrate their sailing prowess. After much planning and the purchasing of coloured balls we had formulated a plan.

Following a welcome windy SYT session and a quick refreshment break whilst the Dads rigged boats the midday race was replaced with the annual kids Vs Dads race.

A simple figure of eight circuit was intended with the kids taking a yellow ball from one safety boat and depositing it in the opposing safety boat, and the Dads doing the same with a green ball.

All sounded very simple until we hit the water. What had the makings of a good race soon went to mayhem and mutiny on the water. No one could remember what colour balls they should be, the safety boats lost the plot with no comms between them, there was random ball switching, dads and kids changing their allegiance during the race, balls floating on the lake, some boats dropping off a cache of balls from who knows where…..

We had Dads folded up into Oppies, one illustrious Dad bailing his oppie as it took in more water, but maintaining a fighting ‘can do’ attitude, one Vision with three hefty Dads (only 1 sailor amongst them) dragging a Danish sea anchor across the lake, Dads ON toppers and Mel supremely sailing a boat full of kids around the course, missing the multitude of collision potentials and flotsam and jetsam on the lake.

There were 

boats loaded with kids, 6 in one Vision at one point, shrieking and capsizing, boat swapping and a general sense of madness and a flotilla of smiling yet soggy faces. The kids demonstrated their confidence on the water standing on boats and swinging about with water pistols, showing the Sunday training has developed a sense of balance and great water confidence they should be proud of.

Following the race and tidying up, the kids (of course) were announced as undisputed winners and everyone rewarded with scrumptious c

ream teas from Jackie washed down with tea.

It was rewarding to see so many happy faces on the water, game for laugh whether seasoned sailors or ‘have a go’ Dads.

 You were all fantastic sports and we hope you enjoyed father’s day with the kids on the water.

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