It was a busy day at HBSC with three training sessions running simultaneously and some 30 people at the club during the morning.
Allan, Doug and David were running the first day of a RYA Powerboat 2 course, Andy and Richard were running RYA Level 1 and 2 dinghy sailing respectively and Laurie was putting the Improvers through their paces.
By the time everyone was ready to go on the water, it was blowing a gusty force 4 and the level 1 and 2 dinghy sailors de-rigged and went inside for tea and a bit more theory. Two powerboats went ahead with the PB training and the Improvers pulled all their strings tighter and launched. Laurie had intended to do beam reaching and to get us to practise using body movements and the hulls to accelerate around the marks. We left the briefing muttering lean out, sail out... lean in, sail in...lean out, sail out. However, the conditions were such that staying upright became everyone's priority and the marks never left Humber. There were some fast reaches, a few capsizes and some boats were towed home giving the PB2 trainees some unexpected safety experience. Nonetheless everyone returned to the slipway with smiles on their faces and without breaking or losing anything.
Thanks to everyone who assisted on the shore and water today and to all the instructors.