I M G 7176. J P G

Seminars, Skills and Drills

In a first for the club we've organised a coaching day with a very small amount of shoreside teaching and lots of on the water coaching that will take place on Saturday the 17th of June. Short lessons focussing on a specific skill will be delivered by different members of the instructing team and are designed to be springboards for further coaching throughout the month of June.


Starting at 10am we'll all meet in the club room for a 10 minute presentation entitled "Getting the Maximum Speed from your Boat". This short presentation will focus on boat speed techniques, that are as applicable on the race course as they are cruising. Basically, it will be an in-depth review of the 5 essentials (remember them!)/ We'll then head onto the water, where the group will focus on putting these skills into practise around an old-fashioned triangular course. The safety boats will be buzzing from boat to boat offering training on each aspect.


Once everyone's up to speed, we'll then move onto some practise starts and other racing techniques - and of course do a few short races!


Back in at lunch time, the finger food will make an earlier than usual appearance! There'll be a short lunchtime seminar on navigation and tides before we split into smaller groups to put together a rudimentary passage plan to Dalkey Island - which will then be executed in the afternoon. Separate coaching of this will be provided for dinghy and keelboat sailors and the small nuances in planning for different types of vessels will be explored.


The afternoon will be spent heading to the Island, where plans will need to have been put in place to account for the tidal flow on the day:

  • LW: 11.36 (1.1m)
  • HW: 18.16 (3.4m)

The instructors will also be hopping on and off the 1720s to work on Spinnaker skills during the cruise.


Back at the harbour, everyone will finish up the day with a few seamanship drills - anchoring, coming alongside and for keelboaters - reefing afloat, and follow the leader for the dinghy sailors. Once back ashore, the Purty Kitchen is strongly recommended to unwind!


Members are welcome to join in for the whole day, or indeed for the morning or afternoon. Sunday sailing will be going ahead as normal on the 18th from 10.15am-1.15pm.

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