Tamesis Club

Training (Working from home ) 21/16

Welcome to Episode 16
We used to say at my first club “once you stop being a novice you start being an instructor “ by which assessment I’ve been instructing since 1986!
We offered training to help all kinds of people get into the sport and hopefully bring their families into the club.
More recently I’ve been conscious of trying to get students qualified before the summer so they could hire a boat on holiday .
Sadly this isn’t going to be possible this year but if you’ve been following these letters you should know all the theory in  Level 1/2 course so here is a quiz to prove it.
Amongst many things raised in discussion about how to start training is the idea of having parents rather than instructors help youngsters rig launch and recover.
As you may know this is something we have actively encouraged not just at the early stages but continuing.
We’d also try to send parents pictures from training sessions with comments on technique etc.
This video shows the proper seating position in an Oppie which we don’t insist on to begin with and talks about adjusting the sail controls on different points of sailing .
We might go into this more in future sessions.
Subject: Optimist Sailing Tips: Tighten the Vang While Sailing | SailZing
Wherever you sit, sailing can be fun.
PS when I mentioned push push pull pull I should have stressed that you push the tiller away as well as the boom then pull them both in to sail away.
Sailors Sayings
Changing habits during lockdown reminded me of the advice not to drink before the sun is below the yardarm!
Fun With Boats
I pick up any teach yourself sailing books I come across in charity shops etc.
There is a really good one (which I think I lent somebody) which helps parents teach their children in Oppies .
The following is one of the clearest explanations of the difference between a tack and a gybe
Incompetent Crew
We left Bremerhaven on Wednesday 19th at 5am motoring NW6 into a light and with some rain.
The harbour at Norderney was very busy so we had to raft up with the other Grimsby boats.
Yachtmaster Quiz (All welcome )
Answer 3.7  Showing three balls in a line shows you are aground
Question 3.8 why should you still pump the bilges even if you are aground?
Stay safe
Eric Finlayson