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First Junior Sailing Friday 27th October 2017 at 17.00

posted Nov 6, 2017, 6:29 PM by Admin hycnz

The first session of Junior Sailing was land based, as it was LW at 1927, and the thought of launching and recovering through all the mud that has been stirred up by the dredging, was in the “too hard basket”. Ten keen youngsters turned up with one new member keen to learn how to sail.
Gill went through basic Safety on the water, covering topics from what to do when you capsize, to how to dress sensibly while dinghy sailing. Harrison made a great model, getting dressed up in all the correct gear, and there were some ribald comments about his dress sense. He did earn a healthy muesli bar for his efforts. Kieran demonstrated how dangerous it is if your buoyancy aid is too loose fitting, with Dennis pulling it up over his face, which is what would happen if you fell in the water.
Other topics covered were sun protection, first aid needs, food and hydration, wind awareness, how to signal for help, and the local sailing area. The children finished with a group task of drawing up a map/chart of the sailing area used by the Junior sailors on Friday evenings. They came up with some novel ideas, and interesting illustrations.
The next session is next Friday 3rd November starting at 5pm. There is also a Junior Committee Meeting on Thursday 2nd November, so if you want anything discussed please contact me.