Rookie sailors enjoy training

The variable weather conditions continued and Wednesday brought challenging launching but a good force 3-4 southerly breeze.

The variable weather conditions continued and Wednesday brought challenging launching but a good force 3-4 southerly breeze. After the previous week's near miss with the groyne Nick Jennings and Scott Tobin were honoured with an early launch, especially as they were on tea duty.After a close start there were several position changes in the leg to the first buoy which continued throughout the race. The challenging combination of wind and waves meant that all but a couple of boats capsized, adding to the changes.Nick Benson did well to complete the course singlehanded in his Mirror. Chris Clapp remained upright to win the Laser race ahead of David Martin. John Nicolle sailed a good race to finish third, with Bob Vine in fourth and H Thompson in fifth. In the Scorpions, despite Alex Hayman and Tom Francis capsizing on the last leg, they still managed to just hold off Oliver Salter and Heather Martin to win. Nick Jennings and Scott Tobin benefited from a swim by Miles Hapgood and Steve Smith to take third place.The weekend saw the first of the RYA training sessions with nine trainees taking part in two days of intensive instruction. They had an initiation on Saturday morning with an accompanied sail in a fresh breeze which increased during the day to give an afternoon of classroom theory and boat rigging. With the tide also low in the afternoon, causing a big swell, unfortunately club racing had to be cancelled. Sunday training saw perfect conditions with everyone managing to successfully sail a basic course, unaided, and complete a capsize drill.Thanks to the race management and safety team.


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