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It had to happen sooner or later! Capsize practise!
At least it was a beautiful sunny evening and the water is a fraction above freezing now, so although some had managed a unplanned capsize & recovery earlier that evening, all students carried out a controlled supervised capsize close to the pontoon, with a good deal of laughter and encouragement from those who had done it before or were stood in line awaiting their turn.
Earlier in the evening, with a steady westerly breeze the intrepid sailors sailed a short triangular course around marks 5, 8 & F. It was good to see the majority are starting to get a feel for wind direction and associated steering and they managed as group to stay close and tight around the course.
It was also the introduction to games afloat this week, with certainly whistle blows requiring students to either touch the front of their boat, dip their head in the water or make their way around the mast - without falling in! A mixed result but with more practise they will all get there soon!
It was good to see a couple of parents come down to watch and it is now confirmed that (weather permitting) there will be an open invitation to parents to come and watch - and maybe even sail themselves on Wednesday 24th June. More details to follow by email.