Sail Experience 1st May 2016

Posted on May 1, 2016 7:07 pm


Sail Experience 1st May 2016

Sunday was our first ‘sail experience’ day of the year, with six slightly apprehensive starters interested enough to turn up to a wet, windy and cold Grassholme. Even the most demented members think twice before kitting up in these conditions, so it is credit to our visitors that they did not hesitate to ‘carpe diem’.

There is a lot to take in while adjusting your borrowed wetsuit, (that was surely designed for a eunuch Martian), and wondering if this was such a good idea after all. Before you know what’s happening you are squeezed into a niche with two other adventurers, and told to keep your head down on pain of certain death. Then you are off into the blue, (or slightly brown in Teesdale), the instructor is giving instructions in Dutch while your niche is rocking back and forth like your granddad’s favourite chair.

If the wind is up, your chauffeur works hard to keep you dry. Running a commentary or instruction in these conditions can be really difficult, as is keeping the tone somewhere between ‘stop being a wimp’ and ‘we’re all going to die!’ This is where Paul and Imogen excel. Calm and measured without a hint of the adrenalin some of us exude.

By lunch one youngster had decided this was not fun, but the others took to the water solo in Picos and an Oppie with excellent results. To achieve directional control and retain desiccation after so little time is outstanding. Two did capsize, but this is part and parcel of the sport and it does not get any more unpleasant than Sunday’s conditions.

We look forward to seeing you all again, because the real fun starts here!
There is an open day on 15th May when we have specified hot sun and perfect winds for anyone else wanting to ‘Carpe Diem’ with us.

Chris Dauber