Tamesis Club

Tammy Trains from Home 10

Welcome to lesson 10,
In previous sessions I have mentioned that every Sunday I do a risk assessment covering wind current traffic etc.
This week we’ve started to look at a risk assessment for when we eventually start training again.
Obviously we’ll watch what happens in schools and expect guidance from the RYA but I want to make sure students, instructors and others are fully involved and informed.
The object of these lessons is to minimise class room time but we can also lecture on the lawn under the veranda and maybe even in the clubhouse.
We need to think how to man and use the safety boat whilst distancing.   This probably means we need the ladder to allow people in the water to get onboard unaided.
We always encourage parents to help youngsters rig, launch and land and, we’ll probably encourage families to stick together and have adults buddying up.
Need to clean buoyancy aids and boats after use etc.
Please let me have any ideas queries etc.
Anyway this week we want to talk about what we call the five essentials
Five Essentials
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Balance is fairly obvious and in a two person boat communication is vital
Trim is hard to spot yourself but if you are too far astern you will see turbulence at the transom .
For centre board try swishing a knife through water you’ll see it’s easier backwards and forward than sideways .
Sail setting deserves more time.
Once you have the boom in about the right position, half way between too far out and too far in, you need to fine tune it by pulling the sail in gently till the Front of the sail just stops fluttering.
Course made good is about putting it all together to get where you want to go as quickly as possible  ie going upstream keep closer to the bank where the current is least, here’s a diagram
Going back to sail setting we use soft sails on the 2ks as the proper sail is too thick to “read” properly.
Stewart one of our Assistants is a keen racer but helps out when he can.
Ps note the trim is wrong, which way?
Sailors sayings:
The bitter end is the part of the anchor line that is fixed to the boat through “bits”
I read of a boat where the anchor was fouled on a rising tide and the shackle fixing it to the bits was rusted stuck so the anchor pulled the bow under water.
Next week ‘Mind your Ps and Qs’
Youngsters might enjoy making model boats like these
I used to use corks and even walnut shells, plastic might be easier these days.
While working on a building contract near the village of Dunmow I was mooching about one evening and made a boat out of a Benson & Hedges packet to sail on the duck pond.   Whilst rescuing it from the reeds on a lee shore I found a plaque commemorating the invention of the unsinkable lifeboat on the pond.
Big Boat Stuff
Den Oever is East of Den Helder which is probably why we had to wait a couple of days for a favourable wind.
The lock takes you from the tidal North Sea into the inland sea the Ijesselmere
There are lots of different types of bollards in locks which takes a bit of getting used to.
I believe some people have a special tool to help.
It looks like we were rafted up here.
Our first stop was Medemblik which seemed incredibly clean and tidy, but we found out travellers cheques weren’t accepted at banks!
As crew you probably have to jump off with a mooring line.  If you don’t want to get shouted at don’t pull the bows in till the captain has lassoed his bollard.
Yachtmaster quiz
Answers from questions last week
A white flare is for collision avoidance
Best to get into the dinghy from the boat to avoid cold water shock or hypothermia.
Whilst still afloat the boat is safer than the dinghy so only get out as a last resort
New questions
What sound signal is made in restricted visibility?
Why show land contours on a coastal chart?
Stay safe and see you next week
Eric Finlayson