The Pirates, Manta Rays, Sting Rays, Dolphins and Barracudas ready to go on the icecream cruise on the Wednesday morning:
Clubweek 2019 started on Monday with beautiful weather and perfect wind, though we knew that we were not due to see the same on the Tuesday or the Wednesday. After a welcome briefing, the 51 5-17 years olds dispersed to rig their boats. Here are the Sting Rays, the younger new sailors, sailing in their Optibats:
And here are the Manta Rays-ranging from new to sailing to able to sail but not a triangle--in their Picos and RS Teras, having a practice before playing Ben says... and demonstrating they can sail on one leg:
Here are some Dolphins:
And here are the Barracudas:
The wind on day 2 was a bit more exciting and only the Sharks went a sailing:
The wind on day 3 started nicely and some Sharks, Barracudas and Dolphins went out in 2s and 3s. However, the wind picked up and the Fevas were soon back on shore after falling over several times. Puffin, Salulso and a couple of powerboats took the little ones out for a ride while the 420s and the four-up Vision young sailors showed the adults how to reach in big seas and gusty weather:
The final afternoon included racing for the keenest, litter picking for all and the Great Custard Pie challenge:
A great three days enjoyed by all the children, the instructors and their assistants, the safety boat teams, the shore teams, galley teams and all the parents/guardians who got stuck in too. And finally also hopefully enjoyed by A and T, the organisers who did an amazing job. Thank you all.
Comments from parents:
Had the very best time!! Thankyou.
Outstanding fun for both my son and I, with my wife wanting to be part of it next year as well.
You are all a very welcoming bunch of people, thank you.
Thursday saw five boats and a power boat head west for the annual clubweek cruise. By launch time the wind was dropping, as predicted, and the fleet went out past the old pier head in order to make the most of the tide and what little wind was left. Just after Hampton, the wind died and everyone turned around and headed for the Hampton beach for lunch. The wind never returned so the Wanderer and Humber towed everyone home after we had finished with our beers or ice creams.