Oh Yes the season has finally begun! Yippee! Today, my daughter, Jo, and I took Wild Goose to Hunts Sailing club and joined 7 other teams of mad sailing fanatics at their Enterprise coaching day with Mike Macnamara as the coach.
The water was cold, the wind was quite variable but fairly typical of pond sailing. The sun even managed to put in an appearance, but then so did a short snow shower! But we intrepid Enterprise sailors and not easily put off! We just need our heads examined!
Mike gave us the benefit of his years of experience and expertise in a very easy going way, he is an excellent coach! Out on the water he had us tacking and gybing every few seconds and various other manoevering exercises, as well as short one lap races. It was very enjoyable and hard work.
I'm sure that we all learnt a trick or two, I know we did and we shall be working on the ideas we picked up on to see if we can further improve our team work, boat handling, strategy and, hopefully, our ability to finish further up the fleet and maybe even win a few races!
The boat went well although I did find that there are a few teething problems that need sorting out.
One thing I saw on one boat that looks like a good idea, the jib fairleads had an eye over the cams that keeps the jib sheet from wrapping itself around the cleat when the jib is flogging! I think I shall try this modification and see if it helps.
After the sailing Mike gave a demonstration on how to set up the rigging and the effects of sail trim controls (sheeting, kicker, cunningham, etc) on the sail shape, and what to do for different wind strengths. Very handy! I have no excuse now!
Oh and the thing to remember about Gybing? Well lets say it helps if you can stay in the boat after the gybe! Yes I fell over the side, well to be more exact I decided that I would fall over the side since I knew that if I stayed where I was the boat would capsize to windward on top of me. As it was I got wet, the boat shipped a load of water but the capsize was avoided, much to Jo's relief.
So we had another grand day out! My aching legs tell me it was good sailing!
Thanks to Mike and the crew at Hunts SC for a great day! Well done guys!
I just hope that our coaching day at Snettisham Beach SC on the 20th May goes just as well, hopefully the weather will be much warmer!