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.
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