Junior Sailing 8.30 am session
With the weather forecast not looking goood and the rain starting at 4am I was a bit dubious as to whether sailing would be on but by the time I arrived at the club around 6.30 am things were looking good for at least Junior and Youth Sailing .
As per the Covid 19 guidelines we restricted our numbers to 12 students which included some of Jack and Deans friends as first timers so it was a busy rigging area especially with the odd boat part missing and the odd boom put on upsidedown but we soon sorted everwthing out and had a short briefing before hitting the water.
Charlie and Abby set a nice reaching course in the roughly northerly wind and with the wind speed around 4/6 knots it was perfect for just a cruise around the buoys . We had a couple of bics out with Jade taking Issabella for a sail and Madison in the other bic having her first try , we did warn her that she would probably capsize but I think the excitement at having her first sail in a race boat just overrode everything else oh and yes she did capsize several times and she only came in when she just got too cold . With her boat on the beach we took Issabella out of Jades boat and gave her a go in the Bic and she now agrees they are hard to sail! Everyone just cruised around for the session and there were plenty of happy smiling faces at the end .
Youth Sailing 10.30 am Session
While Charlie went off to get everyones chip order we soon had all the baots raedywith a mixture of both bics and tera,s lined up ready to go . The wind conditions had changed in as much that the average speed was around 8 knots and the gusts were reaching 14/15 knots and quite quick but generally short in duration at first but they increased as the session went on . We stretched the course over two thirds accross the broadwater so that everyone had a good long sail with one way a close reach and coming back a broad reach which was very exciting at times . The fastest on the water was Jade who is really starting to show her skills especially in the gusty bits where she always looked in total control with great balance and boat speed Emerson also went well with him keeping his sail on and working to stop the knocks and mainsheeting furiously at times to generate max speed . Ross and Mason forgot the main sheet pressure at times which fior Ross resulted in a couple of swims and with Mason he struggled to keep aiming at the buoys but once got him to keep the sail on away he went . There were a few gybes but everyone generally kept to tacking as the water was cold and the gusts were a bit nasty just ask Ross , all in all a great fierst session back.
Open Racing 1.30 pm