We kicked off the Improvers sessions on Saturday 2nd April bathed in sunshine with a gentle southerly. There were twelve people on the water under the watchful eyes of Bill, Laurie and Richard blowing away the winter cobwebs and rediscovering their aquatic mojos.
Laurie ran a spinnaker session for Luke and Doug by special request and the rest of us polished up some rusty skills. We tried a bit of roll tacking with good results (after an initial ducking!).
We intend to introduce a series of sessions covering the RYA Advanced module on Seamanship as the season becomes established. Improvers is for any club members who wishes to improve their sailing, whether they are a novice or an expert.
Let's Go Sailing!
There won't be an improvers session on the 9th April because of a very low low water at 0.25m. There will be cadet sailing in the afternoon, so if members want to sail they may, though help is always appreciated on the shore, in the galley and on the water during cadets. Cadets will have priority for use of club boats and slipway access during the session.
Improvers training will start again on the 2 April at 1000. The aim for this season is to run an improvers session most weekends. To allow for tides the start times for the sessions will either be early (1000) or late (1400).
No booking required. The aim of these sessions is to provide an opportunity for club members to practice/develop skill, with an instructor on site. Some sessions will be targeted while the first sessions of the year will be just to blow cobwebs away and get back into the boat.
Sessions will run as advertised on the HBSC web page. Where a practical session cannot be held due to weather, theory sessions will be run.
Senior instructors, Instructors and Power boat helms wanted for Improvers.
To allow this to happen we need Senior Instructors (SI), Instructors (Instr), Assistant Instructors (AI) and power boat helms to run the sessions. If you are willing to help out over the season in any capacity then please let me know. I am not after commitment to specific date at this stage, just an expression of your willingness to be involved.
The improvers gather again and rigged with a strong force 3/4 westerly promising some exciting sailing. Some reefed while others started to estimate how many capsizes they would be performing. However in the time it took to get changed and have our briefing the wind dropped to a sedate force 1/2. The plan was to sail a short triangle composed of a beat, broad reach and run. The challenge for us was to continue to sailing flat while being fast round the marks. However once we got out the wind shifted so we switched to a figure of eight course combining a beat and broad reach across the out going tide.