It’s finally here – the start of the new season. At this time of year it tends to be the hardy sailors that are out there, as the water is still a bit cold. But it’s been a mild winter, and on a sunny day it can be very pleasant, especially if there is a light wind. Phil Blakeman – previous winner of the Iron Man trophy for most races sailed (a.k.a. mad enough to be out on the water no matter how cold it is!) recommends a dry suit, gloves and a wooly hat if you are serious about doing lots of early races when it is still cold.
The Jybaz get going this Saturday, with a full programme starting at 9.30 with all kids and instructors changed and ready for Daily Briefing at 10am. The cold never seems to put the youngsters off, but I suspect there will be a little less deliberate capsizing and swimming until the water warms up.
We start the Sunday racing this weekend with an Endurance Series; three races (11.30, 1.30 and 3.15) on each Sunday. They are all the same format – a simple start with all boats going at the same time. With not too many boats out there, it’s a good time for less experienced sailors to try their hand at racing. If you fancy starting racing, let me (Mark Jacot) know and we will find you a buddy to give you hints and tips to get you started and encourage you.
The very first race on Sunday is also the Champagne Race, and there is a bottle of bubbly up for grabs. I will bring down some chocolate for the First Junior too. After racing on Sunday we have a social event – The Launch Party – with drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm. So why not come down, even if your boat is not ready.