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The Log November 2002. Page 3 Rear Commodore Training and Juniors The Junior Committee held an overnight camp for juniors at Mandorah during the school holidays in October. Mandorah Hotel put on an excellent deal, providing four airconditioned units at a discount rate, a BBQ and free camping for those that wanted to brave the elements and insect life. We were able to secure a DSC rescue boat and began the first ferry across late in the afternoon, laden with all sorts of camping gear and provisions. The rescue boat travelled slowly and this was fortunate as the pace was about the same as the Topper that sailed over. A pre-sunset trip collected the last of the juniors and the remaining adults that could not leave work early. In all, 14 juniors attended the camp. Once the tents and bedding were set up, the BBQ was ready with ample meat, salad and bread. The great thing about the hotel putting on the BBQ was no dishes! Many juniors were drawn toward the video games and pool so an expedition was formed to explore the beach and jetty. Much firewood was collected for a bonfire and toasted marshmallows. Unfortunately, there was a total fire ban. Night soccer proved highly competitive but everyone became too hot to finish the game. Eventually everyone settled into various tents and some of the luckier adults slipped into the air-conditioning. A few of the juniors also made their way into the air-conditioning later in the evening! It was an early start to ferry instructors back for the school holiday program. Most of the morning seemed to be spent loading and unloading the rescue boat. Overall, I think everyone had a good time but we might do it in the dry season next year. Id like to thank Lucille Taulelei, Stuart Templeton, Damien Ford and Fiona Smith for all their help. The older juniors (Zoe Chilman, Camille Woodhouse, Leigh Richardson, James Chilman and Libby Collins) also provided much valuable assistance. Training is continuing to go from strength to strength and Jenny Simondson and Stuart Templeton are to be commended for the effort they have made in 2002 to promote sailing. The Topper and Laser Challenges are well attended and many trainees find this event an excellent transition into racing. Some of our very seasoned sailors also find the Laser Challenge a fun way to hone skills. These series provide trainees with the experience they need to progress to more advanced sailing training courses. It also builds up their confidence and reduces some of the nervousness around participating in racing. An alternative transition for trainees is the trainee races on the yachts. The third race for the season was held on Sunday 29th September and ten boats participated. I would like to thank the skippers and crew of Venetta, Valhalla, Excalibur, Blaze, Cleaning Lady, Pure RRRs, Out of the Blue, 360, Graffiti and Sea Urchin II for providing trainees with the opportunity to experience racing on the big boats. This event is a good way to link boats with trainees who may be available for crewing positions. As the sailing club race season winds up this event allowed some trainees to find places on boats that will be competing in the Dinah Beach Wet Season Series. I have been investigating various options for professional development and have identified a number of valuable courses for Instructors and Assistant Instructors in 2003. It is also important that those involved in training provision have the opportunity to extend themselves through competing in national and international events. Stuart has just embarked on further professional development by competing on Australian Maid in the Raja Muda and Kings Cup race series in Malaysia and Thailand. Both Jenny and Stuart will be competing in the Tasar Nationals in Melbourne over Christmas/New year and I am sure everyone in the club wishes them success. Bridie OReilly
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