Tenth week in we decided it was time to practice a few manoeuvres in detail. First of all we did Follow My Leader a great boat handling exercise. The first boat sails the course of their choice, sometimes fast sometimes very slowly. The boats behind then try to match the speed and acceleration to stay within a metre of the back of the boat in front. It is a great way of improving crew and helm communication as well as acceleration and deceleration skills. It was tight sailing and we were certainly not cold.
Boats then paired up to do some boat on boat starting practice taking turns to lead and tail into the start.
After that we moved on to 2 boat team racing an opportunity to have some tight mark action.
The team racing is proving a great success. We have had people of all abilities taking part and from all areas of the club. One of the best bits is meeting afterwards in the club house for a drink, cake and a chat.
A few of the sailors have then met up in the evenings to do a bit of curry eating and boat maintenance.
It is proving to be very sociable and we would welcome any other sailors who fancy giving it a go. No commitment needed just a mix in with the gang attitude. We meet changed at 1pm by the Fireflies. We use the club boats – why not come and have a go too?
Despite the inch of snow there were 4 new people who came out on the water to take part in the team racing. This included a Laser sailor – although names have been omitted to protect the individual!
With winds very light there was plenty of cosiness inside the boats, but despite the light winds some great team racing going on, and mostly warm hands and feet. There were people of all ages and experience mixing it up on the water – it would be great to see even more new faces. We are looking to do an introductory talk at some point soon so keep your eyes open. Afterwards there were some great tactical discussions, and even better cake courtesy of Oakham school!
Come and join us – we meet at 1pm EVERY SUNDAY changed by the Fireflies.
10 hardy sailors turned up despite the rain to take part in the weekly team racing practise at Rutland. It was a fresh breeze that greeted everyone, but not quite enough to warrant reefing. A short course was set to keep everyone on their toes , especially down the wobbly run! There were a few self eject moments out of boats but generally the boats stayed upright and some great team racing was had. Hoping to get a full complement of boats out this Sunday as people get back into the habit of sailing after the Christmas break. Look forward to seeing you all. Meet 1pm on Sunday, changed by the Fireflies.
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Great to get 6 boats out for 3v3 team racing on Sunday.
It was a fast and frenetic practice out on the water yesterday. Despite a number of our regulars dressing up as elves or Santas and missing the practice we still managed to get 6 boats out for team racing.
6 boats changes the tactics – moving from last boat loses to highest placed team overall on the water and means sailing fast is as good as slowing the opposition. It moves the focus more to the front of the race and rewards fast pace, spotting windshifts and subtle boat on boat squeezes.
As everyone was sailing with a new partner there was a lot of boat handling to be worked on too. There was some feedback about helms sitting on their crews – a little too friendly!
It was tight but friendly racing and we all headed back to the bar afterwards – with the exception of those who were headed (in a rush) to nativity plays!
We will be sailing next Sunday the 20th , will miss the next week and then back on the water on the 3rd. Hope lots of you will join us then.