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Junior Sailing Report - Friday 4th December 2015

posted Dec 14, 2015, 11:23 AM by Admin hycnz


Gary Matthews kindly took the helm of the Junior Sailing last Friday, as Gill was away competing with the Eye Spy team at the Police and Emergency Services Regatta out of the Richmond Club. By the time I arrived four Optis were out on the water, accompanied by the Safety Boat, with Stuart Wills, Tim Mann and Gary giving instruction and help to the six Juniors on the water. Harrison and Caleb both helmed on their own, whilst Connor and Alice, and Mackenzie and Autumn both went two up in an Opti. All four dinghies were sailing between two laid, orange buoys set just out of the tide and right in front of the club. It was great to see lots of club members sitting outside, watching the youngsters colourful and sometimes erratic sailing, with occasional gentle collisions and optimistic interpretations of the rules.

Before the tide got too strong and the wind failed, the Optis were shepherded off the water, and whisked ashore with great sagacity! The tidy up and putting away of the Optis is becoming easier for the Juniors, now that they are learning to help each other. The debrief highlighted the need to sail a straight course after a tack or gybe, and not to look in the bottom of the dinghy and sail round in circles. We missed Jack Drake, who has unfortunately broken his arm. We wish him a speedy recovery and to get back on the water soon.

The next session is on Saturday 12th December, starting at 0900, so please be there from 0830 to make a prompt start as High Water is 0856, and you need to get on the water ASAP! Your instructors will be Andy Harness and Niall Malone and we are aiming to get you all out in an Opti, as we are trialling a new IRB safety boat as well.

Happy Sailing,
Gill
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