We had a wonderful attendance at the first Young People’s Saturday Sailing (YPSS) of 2019. 23 adults and young people arrived raring to go. Unfortunately it was a northerly wind blowing force 6. Far too windy and cold for the first day. So we had a change from the scheduled program and did land based activities.
We split into 2 teams and they had to rig a Topper and a Pico correctly, starting with a race from the main gate. Both teams did really well (they even noticed I had taken the bungs out!) but what both teams forgot was to blow the buoyancy bag up on the top of the mast. We then did knots with Steve Hill who was teaching everyone new knots before asking Harry Hoyland to draw a dinghy on the white board and we tried to name all the different parts of the dinghy and sail. Then Henry Goodman did a session on right of way, including port and starboard.
We welcomed Harry Jagger who is now old enough to join us. He managed to learn 2 knots for his stage 1 certificate.
Let’s hope for a better weather next week and we can actually sail.