Isle of Wight at the UKSA Centre, Cowes – Y8
In a fully packed activity week the Y8s all achieved areas of their RYA Dinghy Sailing Awards, from level 1 / 2 up to level 4. Monday saw us focus on dinghy sailing with theory in the morning and practical fleet sailing off Cowes in the afternoon. A Force 6 wind played a big part as everyone enjoyed a refreshing dip in the Solent amongst some competitive sailing around a triangular course.
On Tuesday the weather changed to blue skies and good wind as we took to the Solent in keelboats. Everyone had opportunities to helm and crew the boat, with some mischievous acts of piracy and sudden rainstorms over the decks. After a leisurely lunch in Osbourne bay we sneakily infiltrated a race before having our own race back to Cowes. In the evening we took the opportunity to visit the Needles. In low cloud we stomped across the Downs, watching out for any strange animals! Suddenly the point appeared and we got our view from the Rocket Testing Station.
Wednesday saw a morning of kayaking on the river again followed by dinghy sailing to complete our awards and prepare for the regatta against The Ryde School on Friday. Although not as windy lots of crew took the chance to practise ‘man overboard’ just to cool off!
Thursday we were becalmed, which made it a great day to learn to paddle board and windsurf. Everyone had a great time picking up the skills.
Friday saw a fleet of 6 boats and 12 crew take on The Ryde School on their home-turf. With a week’s sailing and undoubted skill we sailed superbly to finish first and second in four out of six races and gain numerous places. This enabled us to win overall with 4 wins from 6 races. Outstanding!! A great way to finish the week and greeted with a roar from those visiting Osbourne House when we heard the news.