Sailing to break until February

SAILING ACTION: Boat 24 James Laurie and Roy Butson, boat 23 Michael O'Connor and Marcia Murray, boat 21 Lauren Casey and Isaac Murray.

SAILING ACTION: Boat 24 James Laurie and Roy Butson, boat 23 Michael O'Connor and Marcia Murray, boat 21 Lauren Casey and Isaac Murray.

There were good, flat seas for sailing for the last race for 2019 before the Christmas break.

Sailing will make its return in 2020, resuming on February 1, 2020.

With winds around 10 knots on Saturday, December 14, with the occasional gusts to help the alert sailor, it was a fun sail for three pacers/six sailors.

Young Marcia Murray had her first time sailing as crew for Michael O'Connor in boat 23 and she clearly enjoyed it and had the biggest smile for her mum on getting back to the club.

In boat 24, James Laurie and Roy Butson (where age is no barrier being 84-years-old) sailed a consistent race on the day.

With time on time handicap racing, boat 24 started one minute ahead of the others and improved each race to come through and win the third race.

The boat to beat with heaps of sailing experience was skipper Lauren Casey and crew Isaac Murray who won the first two races and had a close second place in race three by three seconds having started 1.30 minutes after the other two boats in race three.

For boat 23, a new name could be 'Reliably Third' with Michael, always the considerate sailor, who needs to find top gear and surprise us with a different position over the line.

Racing officer Mick Casey, who is a man of not many words, was happy with the sailing but would like to see more boats out next year competing.

Mick was helped in the rescue boat by Greg Johnson. Greg said he had a great day on Saturday.

The sailors and family enjoyed delicious sandwiches back at the club.

A special thank you to Trish Casey.

When sailing resumes, Mick would like sailors to be at the club at 8am for 8.15am sailing briefing and then on the water at 9am.

The Whyalla Yacht Club would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Christmas time and happy new year.