Beginners This week the beginners class zeroed in on practice racing in preparation for Opti Cup. On Monday and Wednesday, we practiced a windward leeward course and utilized this practice on the first day of Opti cup which was on Friday. The beginner students will continue their competition the following week! We are so proud of our beginners class as we have already been racing for over a week and are getting amazing amounts of practice.
Intermediates The Intermediate class definitely got to enjoy some heavy winds this week. We did some practice races and began our annual Intermediate Cup. The class really practiced getting out on the trap, using spins in heavy air, as well as experiencing some tough capsizes. Overall, they had tons of fun and are excited to continue Intermediate Cup next week!
Racing Tactics In the morning on Tuesday, the Racing Tactics class unfortunately experienced no wind. As a result, they all piled into optis and did kinetic races, swam, and capsized. The afternoon was much better as the class was able to race for our Summer Series. They are excited for next week as Tuesday will host our annual Nowack Cup.
Beginners We are so happy to be where we are in week 6! This week, the beginners intensely focused on practicing a windward leeward course to the point where we began racing. They began by learning a 3 minute start sequence and how to start from the starting line. With their competitive attitudes, each sailor was able to successfully finish the course. Although this may have taken a little assistance from the instructors, we are sure that next week they will practically be professional beginners! The beginners were also able to have a fun day on Friday as the wind decided to take a vacation. It was a very deserved break for our beginners as they have been working so hard to be the best sailors they can be.
Intermediates This week in Intermediates we really tried to enforce the usage of spinnakers. Some days proved to be a little windy and challenging, but most of the intermediate sailors were able to get some good practice. In addition to the beginners, the intermediates also began racing. It is an exciting time because every racer is very competitive! Although they may not know all the rules quite yet, they are definitely intrigued as each one desires to be the best they can be! The students also really started focusing on how to get a good, fast start as well as how to properly round a mark.
Racing Tactics The wind definitely does not like to let the racing class race this year! We attempted to do summer series on Tuesday where all racers were ready except the wind. We started a long gruesome race that lasted all afternoon. But as it goes, one is better than none! The racers also ran into a little trouble on Tuesday. An essential portion of being on the Racing Team includes the speed in which you rig. Instructors began to become irritated with the amount of time racers were taking to rig in the mornings. It was taking away from valued practice time. After many warnings, the instructors decided that Tuesday morning would be dedicated to rigging races. To our discovery, it turns out racers CAN rig in 30 minutes if they put their mind to it. It only took about 3-4 rigging and derigging to realize it! Thursday morning was much better as the racers were rigged with incredible speed and we were able to spend over 2 hours on the water and complete all the planned drills! The drills really focused on being aggressive on the starting line. One of the drills included our much loved mystery starts which focused on being up on the line and being able to hold your spot. Our regularly scheduled summer series then took place in the afternoon where racers were able to squeeze in 3 races! Overall, we are very pleased with the progress our racing team has made this week!
After a long deserved break, the beginners had some work to do to shake the rust off. The first day back wasn’t what we would call ideal, the large waves and absent wind left many of our sailors frazzled. But their resilience shone through as our beginners got their groove back the following practice. They kicked butt practicing the familiar triangle course and were challenged by the introduction of a windward-leeward course. We hope next week they can solidify their skill sailing upwind and downwind so we can begin introducing racing!
Even with a long week off, the intermediate class was thrown into their next exciting skill to learn, spinnakers. Flying a spinnaker is one of the hardest skills to learn when sailing a 420, but we instructors are confident in the abilities of our sailors to pick it up quickly. We are also extremely proud of our students who continue to challenge themselves by practicing skills that may seem intimidating. Friday proved to be very windy yet we still had a group of sailors trap and put up their spin! Soon enough our intermediate class will begin racing!
The Racing Tactics class jumped right back to the gun after their week break. Many of the student practiced tirelessly on Tuesday to prepare for The North Shore Cup later in the week. Unfortunately, the wind died in the afternoon but the students were able to practice some kinetic sailing as well as capsizing! For those who made it to class Thursday, they received some fantastic one on one coaching. We were very happy with the Opti sailors perfecting their roll tacks and gybes. They were so determined, that some optis actually capsized or swamped in attempt to figure out roll tacking! The over all mentality of the class on Thursday is what makes us proud to be instructors.
Beginners This week the beginners class was a huge success! Students are beginning to get the basic concepts of sailing. On Monday, the students undertook the hotdog course which consists of a beam reach course with tacking and gybing. Classes on Wednesday were cancelled due to the Kaszube cup but on Friday, we were able to advance to a triangle course. This not only allowed sailors to practice sailing on a beam reach, but also a broad reach and close haul. It tested their knowledge of the different reaches as well as how to tell where the wind is coming from. We are hoping by sometime in the next few lessons we can begin a windward leeward course!
Intermediates We are very happy to say that the intermediate class this summer is thriving and accelerating through the course! With a faster pace, we are able to get through more material which means more practice. We began the week with a triangle course that includes a beam reach, broad reach, and close haul as well as tacking and gybing. The focus was sail trim on each reach and mark roundings. Friday proved to be very windy. We attempted to get some students out on the trap, but then the wind proved to be even too windy for them! As a result, the instructors sailed one 420 while trapping to have students visually observe the correct stance and execution of trapping. Next week we hope to begin a windward leeward course as well as introducing spins.
Racing Tactics The Racing Class had a pretty intense and exciting week. They all participated in our annual Kaszube Cup Race and came out very successful. On Thursday, per tradition, the racing class had their fun day. We began the morning by sailing to the bell bouy and proceeded to eat lunch on the beach and partake in many capsizes and sailing extravaganzas. We hope that next week we can work on faster spinnaker flying and dousing and how to choose the favored side of the course.
The beginners this week perfected their tacking skills in the figure eight course. With an extremely hot and foggy Wednesday, our sailors began the day with a chalk talk focused on telltales and gybing and then proceeded to gather on the pontoon to end the day swimming. On Friday our sailors started gybing in the hotdog course. We look forward to helping our beginners further develop their gybes in the week to come.
This week our Intermediate class finished their tacking practice on the figure eight course this week Monday. Wednesday, our sailors got a special treat, due to the hot weather and dense fog, the kids got to go swimming after a chalk talk about hiking, telltales, and sail trim. Luckily, Friday was a perfect day to sail. The Intermediates practiced gybing and did an excellent job for their first day trying this new skill. The instructors look forward to see how they prefect this skill next week.
With this being the week before K-cup our racers were in overdrive practicing for next week's regatta. The 420 sailors focused on spinnakers and trapping skills, the lasers worked on depowering in heavy winds and the racing optis worked on down wind runs. With this week being the forth of July, the racing class only had limited time to practice. But our racers will be more ready than ever in our very own Kaszube Cup!
Beginners This week with beginners we had brave sailors as they completed the capsize test. The class continues to impress with their smarts and skills as we reviewed the fundamentals before heading out on the water. With that being said the beginners got their first day out on the water this last week. They practice our tacking and right of way skills on a figure eight course. We look forward to seeing how the class continues to impress us out on the water in the following week.
Intermediates Week 2 of intermediates was a windy one. Unfortunately we had one less day of lessons because of the Queens Cup, but our Monday and Wednesday practices were great. We got out on the water and learned the basics of tacking, correct tiller extension usage and boat placement, and utilizing the wind clock while on the water. The kids did great and were all enthusiastic about getting out and sailing. Week two was extremely important because we began to establish the building blocks of being a good sailor in any boats and conditions.
Racing Tactics It was a great week for Racing Tactics. On Tuesday we focused on mark roundings, starts, and gybing/tacking on the whistle. Unfortunately, a storm blew in in the afternoon and we had to quickly sail back in. On Thursday, not all of our students were there as some were racing at Wente Cup. With the students we had, we introduced a new drill that focused on quick spinnaker setting and dousing. In the afternoon we did our weekly summer series where the kids were able to practice racing and also get the chance to race each other. The week was overall very successful!
Beginners Week 1 with the beginners went absolutely wonderful. We learned things from knots, to the wind clock, to parts of the boats, and had loads of fun doing the swim test! The beginners class show off their super smarts as we cruise through lesson plans and are able to end the day with games like sailing jeopardy. We look forward to next week as we will begin with tacking and end the day with the capsize test!
Intermediates Week 1 with the Intermediates was excellent, we covered the fundamentals of the program. They got to review information from the previous years including; tacking, wind clock, and knots. They learned about the new boats they'll be sailing this year, a club 420. This week was important for the kids because they learned how to rig and derig their new boats. This week Friday, our intermediates had their first experience in a 420 when we did the capsize drill. We as instructors were impressed by the students' bravery during the test, they all took it like champs.
,Racing Tactics Week 1 of Racing Tactics has proved to be a windy one! On Tuesday everyone got to sail a windward leeward course. With the heavy winds, we talked about depowering our sails in order to stay upright and be as fast as you can. The laser racers especially had a blast capsizing at least 5 times each! Thursday proved to be too cold to sail as we went out in the morning but had to come back in. In replacement of sailing, we talked about proper sailing gear, control lines, feathering, ease hike trim, trapping, right of way rules, spinnaker depowering, protests, and told Tales of the Sea. We are excited to announce that we have our first regatta Monday and wish our racers good luck!
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