Summer may be over, but that doesn’t stop our hardy academy kids from hitting the Waitemata to get their fix of sailing!
Two weeks of Term 2 Academy have been completed and we have seen some pretty awesome numbers getting on the water each week.
Although the weather is generally worse this time of year, so far we have seen some brilliant sailing conditions.
The forecast last weekend was for 20-30 knots with plenty of rain but in reality we had 0-5 knots and blue skies. This meant that our Academy kids spent a lot of their lessons learning how to pump their boats around the bay, how to raft up, and other cool activities instead of the normal windward/leeward training that most of our racers get.
At the end of the lesson, some of the kids were saying it was the most fun they had sailing in a long time!
The addition of 15 O’pen Bic’s to the Academy fleet has seen great interest amongst out more experienced sailors (and some of our brand-new sailors are already aspiring to be Bic sailors one day!) We have been running racing/training sessions with emphasis on techniques, manoeuvres and boat speed with a lot of capsize practice thrown int (not always intentionally…)
This weekend we are hosting Manly Sailing Club for some friendly interclub training and racing and we will have some of our kids travelling up to Manly as an exchange co-operation initiative between the two clubs. I am excited to have 30+ boats on the race course this Sunday!
Even with the colder months coming the Academy is in great shape. It’s going to take a lot more than some wind and rain to stop these young sailors from getting on the water and doing what they love!
Photos: Head Coach, Nathan Laurie