A dose of Sailing Reality – wind and rain takes its toll

Posted on July 28, 2018 6:03 pm

A dose of Sailing Reality – wind and rain takes its toll

It couldn’t last could it?

Our Saturday morning F3 Club started with a full quota of juniors braving the steadily building wind and threatening dark clouds.

Keen to get going, the entourage assembled in the dinghy preparation area and quickly had their craft ready to go afloat. It was then that the heavens opened and dispensed copious amounts of wet stuff.

Imogen quickly reassessed the situation and retreated with her troop to the shelter of our shed, leaving the adults to ponder how best to keep dry, having already reached a 25% saturation level.

Brollies were ceasing to function, anything electrical was going on strike and many bottoms, legs and feet were reaching the point of no return – the point at which you accept your fate and give up fighting against the inevitable.

The kids all had a change of clothes and were in wetsuits anyway. The parents were not so fortunate!

Then the sun came out, skies lightened and the wind abated (briefly). This was the trigger for the return of the troop to commence a spell of tethered sailing.

The morning session finished and the TDSWC sailing team prepared to welcome the afternoon brigade – the more advanced sailors from last year.

Unfortunately, sailing was not really an option as the winds were registering force 5 plus and waves had appeared on the normally flattish water.

What to do?

A decision was made to extract the two safety boats from the water, ahead of predicted 40mph winds – a task performed by the club bosun in his 4 by 4 but work commitments meant that that option was a non-starter.

Instead the young troop was mustered to collect the trailers and recover the power boats – a task that was completed with unnerving efficiency. Never before has Pinky (our number 2 power boat) travelled up our 20% track to its parking space as quickly as it did today.

The rest of the afternoon was spent learning knots in the dry. Sounds a bit dull but this is an essential sailing skill and we now have a dozen of so juniors with a larger repertoire of knots than many of our more senior members.

Next week is week 5 of the 8-week schedule after which, plans are a foot for an end of term doo.

Let’s hope the good weather returns soon and the parents bring bigger brollies next time, just in case!

(Thanks to Kirsty for the picture)