With four races scheduled for Saturday and winds gusting 25+knots, conditions would set a challenge to all competitors. Race Officer Giles Passmore set excellent courses, but also achieved the fastest turn round between races most competitors have ever seen.
Sixteen young sailors enjoyed the sunshine and light beezes , providing perfect conditions for learning to sail . Coached by Head coach Peter Clayton and his junior coaches Harry and Peter, the goals of the day were for everyone to sail on a reach and tack around a bouy. In the morning session 12 sailors were divided into groups . While some went out on the water the others had a land session with Harry learning the skills of upwind sailing . More youngsters joined for the afternoon .After the briefing, the children swapped in and out of the Oppies from the rib, providing everyone with a go at sailing independently between 2 marks . There was a noisy finale as all the youngsters were put 2 up in each Oppie for the all important duck race . Suddenly steering and sailing to a particular location (where the ducks were!) was achieved. Most ducks were bagged by Lewis Huddleston and team. The next coaching session will be on May 28th .
At last sun and wind looked on the cards for Wednesday evening racing . A far cry from last week's snow storm and stillness! A total of 28 boats raced with strong fleets in the fifteens and lasers. The Teras were also back in force making their usual noise on the water. The southerly wind meant a somewhat biased start line from the box and shifty frustrating winds coming off the hill. Tacking the shifts and looking out for the holes paid off for some (but the sailing sec wants to know why it felt like the wind was on the nose all the way around!). See the results section for the scores on the board. . Look's like a warm weekend so let's see you all back for some Sunday racing.
Derwent Reservoir was well represented at the RS Tera Northern Championships 2016 over the weekend of the 30th April. With the biggest entry to date for this event, 37 Teras (10 Pro / 27 Sport) set sail from Bassenthwaite SC with the beautiful backdrop of the ‘snow covered’ Lake District fells. 4 races were completed on Saturday, unfortunately, Sunday saw the wind build up to 30 knots+ and the decision was made to abandon sailing for the remainder of the event.
Three days of sailing this weekend and it was all about the kids
Saturday saw 15 of or our 'Learn To Sail Team' meet at Blanchland village hall to practice using Mark Blake's Sailing simulator invention
Video link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dcEv9wYRNs