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Adult Sailing

A look back at adult sailing 2016

Thirty seven people enrolled onto Adult Sailing, lead by Nigel Talbot and Sue Gee, five of these joined the Club specifically to take part. 24 Club Members volunteered to help.

Choose Your Boat

Due to the tidal nature of Wootton Creek, we hold 'On Shore Sessions' and 'Afloat Sessions' on alternate weeks. Adult Sailors (AS) select what sort of boat they might like to try.

There are a wide choice of boats available:

Single handed Picos and a Laser, double handed Fevas, a Bahia and a Wayfarer as well as two Squibs. Members also offered the use of their own dinghies and cruisers including a Trimaran, two Catamarans as well as six different yachts. Each group was lead by a different volunteer instructor; Kevin Gibson with the Picos, Mike Duke and his team of Jon Evans, John Clack, Gregor Arthur and John McDonnell coordinated instructors and students on the bigger dinghies; John Waterman and his team of Chris Gibson, Phil Russell and Sam Prime coordinated instructors and students on the Squibs and Adrian Robson coordinated skippers (Chris Turner, Dave Wise, Ivan Macalulay, Brian Gay, Dave Moore, Steph Greenwood, Ian Murray, Mark Weeks, Mike Waddleton, Nigel Talbot) and participants on Cruisers.

Some Theory

All the coordinators also developed excellent theory lessons for the on shore sessions.

Theory sessions covered safety issues, points of sailing, buoyage, navigation as well as practical issues such as mooring boats, knots and rigging

Some Practical

Afloat sessions give opportunities for participants to develop their sailing skills safely with experienced Club members. The weather conditions meant that we had to cancel one Afloat Session. On another occasion the smaller boats could not go out safely, so sailors could opt to sail on the larger boats. RIBs , driven by volunteers, coordinated by Steve Moles with support from Tim Blake and Ian Jackson ensured sailors could get out to the Squibs. The RIB drivers also kept and eye on the Dinghies as well as encouraging participants to develop their boat handling.

Plenty of Support

Communications ashore on the afloat nights was managed by Helen Vrba maintained VHF radio contact with all participating Boats helms, checking everyone out, then back again.

Some Food and Fun

Gail and Sharon ensured we had Pie Night Supper ready for us when we came off the water after 8pm or before the Theory sessions from 6.30pm.

On 20th July we had an " End of Term" BBQ, and we had about 70 participants supporters and their

families at the Club. Instructors gave out certificates and special awards and good time was had by all.

Adult Sailing 2017

Next RVYC Adult Sailing Course will be run between 26.04.17 – 26.07.17 We encourage and support any sort of boating, from kayaks and scows to motorboats and ocean cruisers.

Already and number of Club members have committed to "joining up" next year, why don't you join them?

Nigel: nigel.talbot4@btinternet.com or Sue: suegee48@btopenworld.com

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Last updated 11:47 on 12 June 2017

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