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The Log July 2002 page 3 Australian Maid finished the three hundred and fifty mile race, which started at 1000 hours Saturday June 8, at 1450 hours Monday June 10, followed by Andromeda seven minutes later then Zanzibar at 1600 and Raucous at 1645. 1st Andromeda Barry & Janice Stach. Elapsed time 42hr 57min26sec; corrected time 42hr 57min26sec 2nd Raucous John Hardy. Elapsed time 44hr 45min 10sec; corrected time 43hrs 51 min 28sec 3rd Zanzibar John & Jenny Simondson Elapsed 43hrs 59min 13sec; corrected time 43hrs 59min 13sec 4th Australian Maid John Wardill. Elapsed time 42hrs 50min 15sec ; corrected time 54hrs 11min 37sec. Balladier Phil Campbell Retired This year sees another active junior committee, both on and off the water, and it is great to see the juniors playing a key role in the club. They organized an event-filled Family Fun Day at Lake Alexander in May and around 30 people participated. One of the events worth a mention was the Sandshoe Toss. This provided much entertainment to participants and, on occasion, proved to be somewhat hazardous to spectators. There were a variety of activities and some of the most popular were windsurfing, model boat building and model boat racing. There was some hot competition on the water and some of the really big kids commandeered the controls of some boats. The juniors and I are currently planning a model boat building competition and regatta for early September and we expect this event to be very popular. A nominal fee will purchase a kit and with some creativity and ingenuity you should be able to build a boat. This is also a superb spectator event. We will advertise soon and it is a good opportunity for club members to participate in what will be a thoroughly enjoyable event and support the juniors at the same time. Formal and informal training is flourishing again this year. The Laser Challenge was added to the Topper Challenge this year and it has proved to be very popular. It is an excellent way to acquire some coaching and learn about racing. Youth Sail has just finished and 20 or so young sailors have honed their skills during the week of training. There is a high demand for the training courses and they are quickly filled to capacity. Jenny Simondson is to be congratulated for taking measures to avoid waiting lists but this has placed some strain on both Jenny and her main instructor Stuart Templeton. The addition of Ollie from England has eased the situation somewhat. We are currently discussing ways of developing and resourcing the training area to efficiently meet the growing demand. We are also looking at pathways for people to remain involved in sailing after they have completed training. Bridie OReilly
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