Our training programmes encourage our junior members to learn to sail and then to improve their sailing skills by learning to race. We use Oppies, Toppers and Firefly dinghies which help us create an enviroment that encourages children to continue sailing into their teenage years and beyond.
26th Oct. 2013
Firstly well done to our two teams who competed last weekend in the National Youth and Junior Team racing Championships Our 1st team managed 9 wins out of 17 races sailed and were one race all in the silver league semi-final when racing was abandoned due to torrential rain and strong wind. Our 2nd (development) team had 1 win out of 15 races sailed which was one more than last year!. They sailed very well on Sunday, Matt and Johnny enjoying the stronger winds and Sophie and James improving their upwind performance dramatically compared to Saturday, All this represents real progress with our number of races won this year adding up to more than we have won in the last 3 years put together!! We will lose Ollie Chandara and Emmanuelle (?) next year but we have some potentially excellent replacements to produce a first team next year that should come close to equalling or perhaps bettering this year's result.
Thanks to all the parents for their help and support over the last 6 weeks particularly packing boats up in the pouring rain after the event!! Most of all thanks to all of the sailors for being such a bright, happy and fun group to 'coach'.The fact that every week we had more than enough sailors to have all six Fireflys on the water for our training sessions undoubtedly contributed to our improvement this year. WELL DONE EVERYONE!
As promised we will run some more Saturday afternoon team racing through the winter. Initially we have two dates before Christmas for anyone interested in coming along;16th November and December 14th. We will gather at 1.30pm and be off the water by 4.00pm at the latest. I'll publish further dates for the new year soon. In the meantime try and team up together and do some Club races in the Fireflies on a Sunday. The better your boat speed and handling skills the better your team racing will be.
Finally a heads up for the Firefly Inland Champs at Rutland Water. This is a two day event on 9th and 10th November. The Club has relatively cheap accommodation on site and there is a reduced entry fee for Juniors. So far Alexander and Claire, Tom and Moira, myself and a crew tbc are going. I am happy to organize the transport of a Club Firefly if any of you want to team up and come to the event. I am also happy to have a junior or possibly juniors crewing for me. Let me know if you're interested.
2013 Junior Sailing Programme Remaining dates
Sat. 16th November 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Sat. 14th December 1.30pm - 4.00pm
28th September 2012
Our two teams competed at the National Youth and Junior Twiname Team Racing Championships last weekend. There was no sailing on the first day due to fog and a complete lack of wind which was very disappointing for all the 282 sailors taking part, organizers and parents. Below a team photo taken in the fog on Saturday coutesy of Steve Baker
Fortunately the second day saw much better conditions with a steady, if a little chilly, north easterly force 2 wind. The round robin that should have been sailed on Saturday was completed with each team sailing 8 races the best 4 teams then going straight to semi-finals and then a final. Our teams sailed well up to expectations with WOSC 1 winning 2 races against West Kirby 2 and Elizabeth College. Out of the other 5 teams they sailed against 3 ended up in the semi-finals, Magdelen College 1 and 2 and Sevenoaks 1. WOSC Warriors our second team made up of 5 sailors aged 14 or under and ably lead by Chandra got off to a good start with a couple of close races which might have ended up in wins without navigation and equipment errors. After this they continued to sail well up to their ability and although in Johnny Howe's words were 'smashed' in some of their following races might have pulled off an unlikely win in their last race with Zac Nairac holding 2nd for much of the race and making a valiant attempt to hold up the opposition on the second last leg.
All in all a great experience for all the team and with 11 out of the 12 sailors available next year and others waiting in the wings, a full team racing fleet of Fireflies at the Club and continued enthusiasm and hard work by the sailors we have every chance of winning some more races next year. Thanks must go to everyone involved in the fantastic organization of this event. The two pictures below coutesy of Steve Baker are of our teams on the ferry jetty and WOSC warriors at the start of a race.
WOSC Warriors familiarizing themselves with their boats before their first race
10th September 2012
The Twiname Champs at Farmoor on 20th/21st Oct are fast approaching and we have our final training session this Saturday 13th. The following link will give you information on the event www.sailracer.co.uk/events/event.asp?eventid=138133 Our teams are nearly finalised and we are hoping for some good wind on Saturday as unfortunately last week the lack of wind did not help our session. However we were able to launch our two new Fireflys generously provided by Sport England. Below is a picture of No. 6 about to be launched by Alex Baxter and Eddie Baker watched on by Eddie's father and other WOSC Juniors. Picture courtesy of Helen Howe.