A very successful introduction to sailing weekend course was held at SJT last week-end, organised by Vincent Lundy and his team over the Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Friday evening and Saturday afternoon were devoted to the theory of sailing and covered all aspects including a practical knots session run by Kingsley Long. There were 9 participants ranging from experienced windsurfers to people who had no experience on the water but had a real desire to getting involved in sailing as a sport.
The course was designed around a relaxed social format with opportunities for the participants to discuss aspects of sailing with experienced MYC members over a coffee during the breaks and then at the end of the evening to enjoy a little finger food and a chat over a drink.
Sunday was the highlight of the course when the participants were brought out on the water . They met at SJT and were allocated their boats and then went to the marina to join their other crew members. The skippers and crew on board went through all the safety aspects of sailing and explained the working of the boat before departure. The weather conditions were excellent with a lovely blue sky and some light cloud and a good wind.
Everybody enjoyed the outing and returned safely to dry land with broad smiles on their faces. This was followed by a debriefing of the crews and than an excellent B-B-Q and music session which everybody took part in with gusto.
It is fair to say this was a very successful event which will be followed up shortly by our annual Try Sailing evenings which will be starting on Wednesday evenings from SJT (full details in future Mastheads) .
Our thanks to all who helped with the course from the shore-based crews who looked after the administration, the lectures and the catering to the on-the-water crews and boats who took the participants out sailing and looked after them so well – we could not have done it without all your support.