Write-UpLYMINGTON RS AERO CLUB COACHING - Sat 10th Nov
With the season quietening off November saw a chance to catch up and enjoy some off season home fleet training, together with visitors from neighbouring clubs.
Now that the UK Youth Winter Training Series has evolved to be exclusively for Youths there is a requirement for adult coaching which can be met with Club Coaching days. Two are already diarised at Lymington and Chelmarsh and two more are planned. In addition, two of the Winter Series at Rutland and Weymouth are open to all, including adults, providing a total of six planned training events open to adults through to the spring.
The focus at Lymington was towards beginners, middle fleet and new owners, but all comers were welcome. The rain absolutely bucketed it down during the briefing with Peter having to yell to be heard! His audience, a few meters away were cowering under the cover of the LTSC porch, watching him slowly dissolve!
We had planned for basic boat handling and boat management but the conditions thought otherwise! We ventured to the river mouth in a moderate breeze but then another one of the squalls that had punctuated the day arrived. Against the accelerating ebb current the sea state rapidly deteriorated and we ended up with an exciting session of practicing our sailing downwind in a stiff breeze through waves. We made the most of the controlled environment provided by having four support ribs afloat, making for a good opportunity to push the boundaries on everyone's comfort zones in wind and waves with some useful recovery practice too!
Ultimately we did well to have 16 of the 22 RS Aeros entered go afloat considering the weather. It was fantastic to see our neighbouring fleets emerging and noteworthy that over 60% of the sailors afloat that day were Ladies!
Many thanks the coaches Karl Thorne, Peter Barton and Liam Willis and to all the volunteers. Well done to the sailors for making the most of what was a tough day to be outside!