Jobs for the Work Party
1) Cutting Grass and Nettles
2) Ski Shed & main fence repairs
3) Clean all Power Boats
4) Cleaning Blue Oppie including buoyancy tanks – ready for Monday’s course.
5) Tectona – Clean and pump out any water
6) Moving pontoon
7) Cleaning Clubhouse – Remove abandoned clothes from Changing Room
Please print your name on the Work Party Sheet
This is in the club entrance area
What a lovely evening we had for the first Pirates – Gary was in charge, briefing every one by the log, before 19 youngsters took to the water. Monica was doing the register while James and Gary took to the power boats.
Mums, Dads and Grannies were on hand to help with rigging and launching, with Haidy assisting as well.
Laura had some fabulous Pirates ‘T’ shirts that we can order, with a special Captain’s one for Gary!
Particularly good level 1 and stage 1 RYA course over Easter with all trainees completing the syllabus ahead of time and finishing the course as level1+. Boat rigging and launching/recovery was a particular triumph for everyone.
The weather was ideal with fine skies and 8/10mph winds, warm, even hot in the sunshine. A far cry from the gales of last year when we had to cancel one day.
Our seven beginners turned up on Good Friday looking a bit concerned about what we were going to do to them but were soon on the water, much sooner than they expected. They all seemed very pleased with themselves by lunchtime, having been reaching between buoys and most not yet having capsized, except Max who seemed to be on a mission to dunk his sail at every opportunity. The five adults were all outright novices but soon got the hang of things and by the second afternoon were all sailing a steady and controlled (mostly) triangular course: neat tacks and gybes, close hauled and broad reaches, returning to the jetty without any severe impacts.
The two juniors both had some Pirates experience under their belt and started ahead, quickly picking up the RYA approved methods and chasing the adults round the course by the second day. Jess in particular seemed keen to get back to Pirates and show off her new found skills to the others.
Post course feedback suggests that despite tiredness, bruises and aching muscles all trainees had enjoyed themselves and felt a real sense of achievement. They are all booked on level 2 or stage 2 courses in June/July and will be down practicing between now and then – if you see them going round and round in tight circles please give them a hand, they will appreciate it.
A rewarding aside was a new member who trained with Neilson in Greece: he popped down to see what he was missing and was amazed that our trainees rigged their own boats on day one when Neilson don’t cover that at any stage!
The Wednesday evening Gillette Series starts this week (23rd). The race will start promptly at 7pm. Normally a 1 hour handicap, but may be slightly shorter the first week due to the available light.
This weekend is the Easter Cup, with two races on Sunday and two on Monday, three races to count. The races will be short handicap races, approximately 45 min long starting at 10.30 and will be raced back to back.
We will be running a two-day RYA Powerboat Level 2 course on Saturday May 31st/Saturday June 7th. Only one place remains available. The cost is £85 including the “Start Powerboating” book and certificate. Contact Brian or Richard Moore if interested or use the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
Another course may be held later if sufficient interest is shown, so contact us even if you can’t make these dates.
See the Club noticeboard for other powerboat training courses
Here we are in April with our first Pink Day of 2014…….we got off to a great start with breakfast cooked by our Pink Fleet chef – sadly we no longer have Ken and Barbara for our Pink Days – they have moved on to big boat sailing….we wish them all the best.
Monica, assisted by Dean and Lucy set a course and briefed us, while Chris and Carole readied one of the power boats. Dean and Lucy made the best start, hotly pursued by Dave, later to be disqualified for NOT wearing his pink hat…..closely followed by Alice with Lily on her bow!!
Angela and David sailed really well, while Ian disappeared into the trees with Louise……their spinnaker got tangled…,or so they say..??!!
Nigel went out in his son’s Topper, too scared to use his Laser….
Everyone enjoyed their sail and despite the gusty winds no one got wet!!
Brian took out the 2nd power boat, just in case….. and so that Richard could get in some practice for next week’s training….the floods had kept us off the water since last Dec!!
The Pink Fleet cup went to Lucy for her amazing crewing in the Laser 2000.
Next Pink Day is 10th May.