The club had a fantastic Bank Holiday Sunday, which, apart from face coverings and social distancing, seemed much closer to “normal” than we’ve seen for a long time.
Sunday morning – training and Sailability
Lots of on-water activity in the morning. As well as the first Sunday Morning Club, we also ran the first coaching session for Club members. A free opportunity to practice starting and short race circuits which 10 boats thoroughly enjoyed. We had expert tuition from Becky Priest, John Ironmonger, Grahame and Cory Newton and Andy Foskett. Even the wind played ball, with plenty to sail and the occasional sudden changes of direction to keep the sailor’s on their toes.
At the other end of the reservoir, Staunton Harold Sailability Trust were running a great session with plenty of boats out enjoying the light wind and sunshine.
Racing and cruising
Later in the morning, and in the afternoon, we ran our usual popular Sunday racing programme with over 30 boats competing. The wind steadily built, which made for plenty of entertainment for everyone.
In another step back to normality, we were able to reopen the galley, which was much appreciated. Many thanks to Di and Amy Pepperdine for their hard work in cleaning the galley up (it’s not been used for over a year) and setting up the system so we can get food and drink safely.
Bank Holiday Monday – asymmetric coaching and SUP
On Bank Holiday Monday we’d planned two new activities for the Club: Asymmetric coaching and our SUP launch day. This day the weather gods weren’t quite as kind, with the wind forecast to build to over 30 knots later in the day (and lots of rain – a typical Bank Holiday…) Undeterred, four RS200s and two 2000s launched to try their hand on a long windward/leeward course (at least the wind direction was ideal). With very experienced guidance from Pete Gray, the sailors were soon screaming down the run at very high speeds. Inevitably there were a few capsizes, but all managed to get their masts pointing back in the right direction eventually. Pete also provided handy tips over lunch whilst Rach Rhodes and Rich Pepperdine demonstrated how it should be done!
Meanwhile Greg Wilson was taking three experienced paddlers out for a SUP refresher session. They also went very quickly down wind, whilst searching for a sheltered area. Plenty of practice and then a hard slog back upwind – but they all came of the water with big grins. With the wind building further, we unfortunately had to postpone the planned beginner’s course in the afternoon – this will be rearranged.
Bank Holiday – windsurfing
Finally, a few windsurfers decided that the conditions were perfect for them, and had a great time later in the day.
Overall a fantastic weekend, and wonderful to see so many club members back out on the water and enjoying the training and racing. To find out more about free member training please click here – training is available for adults and youth sailors, experienced racers and those looking to get into racing. Plus powerboat refresher sessions are also now available for SHSC members.
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