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Winter Race Training - 8th November

10 Nov 2020 7:01 PM | Deleted user

A hardy group of 12 sailors gathered at the second Winter Race Training on Sunday, in a bracing (though short lived) Force 3, from the East. 

We briefed then headed out into a pleasant breeze, though slightly overcast. The session began with a simple windward/leeward exercise, focussing on the upwind leg, and keeping in mind the 3 key aims, designed to help us maintain speed and our position on the upwind leg;

  • 5 Essentials
  • Tacking 
  • Rules of the Road

About half an hour in, the breeze died completely. Luckily we'd managed to get in some great coaching before this and were already seeing improvements in sailing!

The breeze began to fill back in shortly after, though it was swinging from SE to SW, with no more than 5 knots. When the breeze eventually settled in the SE, the course was relaid and a start attempted, only for the wind to die completely about 30 seconds after the gun! Shortly after this, the decision was made to head back in and debrief on the beach!

While the session wasn't ideal - wholly due to the lack of breeze - there were still valuable lessons learned and everyone improved!

Thanks to everyone for coming down and to Robbie and Steven for their expertise. We look forward to seeing you again on the 13th December!

East Lothian Yacht Club | 36-40 Victoria Road | The Harbour | North Berwick | East Lothian | EH39 4JL

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