Our fabulous team today consisted of 17 very willing helpers:
Sailing Coordinator: David/Eli
Pontoon Manager: Mal
Support Boat Driver: Warwick
Observer: Jenni
Photographer: Ken
Registrar: Helen
Radio: Corey
Time Keeper: Ray
Help on deck and pontoon: Tara (the absolute double energy charged, split both jobs and managed both admirably).
Help on Pontoon: Marc
Sailors: Michael, Denis, Ted, John, David, Mal.

The decision to go ahead with sailing today was a difficult one. Owing to the breeze, which was right on our top limit, the excellence of all of our sailors, the agility of our participants, and the creation of a new ‘warm-clothes’ container, we took the risk. Everyone had a great time, plucking up courage in the developing swell, and reaching new heights in performance.

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Slideshow of Emma and John in Eli D, Danny and Ted in Vin, Malena and Michael in Alex, David and Tara sharing a joke in Black Swan, Steve and Michael in Alex, Jimmy and Denis in Woody.

Malena, Danny and Emma from Freshwater are learning a lot about our boats, got wet without a complaint, and all had huge smiles all over their faces when they returned.

Ben, Luke, Rodney and Adonis all calmly climbed in to boats without a single pull back and stayed out there for well over half an hour while we waited for the BIRDS to arrive. Not a complaint, not a request for the support boat, and again, the huge smiles were a feature and a sign of enjoyment.

BIRDS arrived in dribs and drabs. First to go out was Stephen, and last to return, after a quick trip overseas. Carlo decided to return after just a few minutes because it was too rough for him, then Stuart, Brad, Alan, Jimmy and Patrick hopped into the returning boats and had a great time negotiating the waves. Some were lucky enough to catch sight of the seal that has made its home a small section of North Harbour. Unfortunately, we were not fast enough to get a photo.