Forfar Sailing Club held its second training course of the year at the weekend when it showed the ropes to three adults and two children.
Saturday saw a moderate westerly on Forfar Loch for the event, while Sunday’s wind was a good deal more brisk, forcing the instruction team of Malcolm Heron, Peter Tait and Tony Walker to ree sails severely and restrict the training procedures with safety in mind.
All trainees, however, came off the water with grins on their faces and a distinct feeling of having accomplished some real sailing, testament to the competence of the instructors.
Jim Green, as Commodore, congratulated the trainees on their achievements, and thanked the volunteers from the Club. As well as the instructors, he mentioned the shore support provided by Murray Hadden and Alan Cairns, and kitchen service by Sally Heron and Irene Green.
The undoubted success of the weekend proved once again that a small club such as Forfar SC can still provide newcomers with the required skills to take a boat out on the water, sail a course and bring it back in again, and instil enthusiasm in them to continue in the sport.
Four boats took part in Thursday’s pursuit race, in a light westerly wind.
David Smith set off first, single-handing his Firefly, followed 20 seconds later by Jim Green and Maddie Simpson in Jim’s Wayfarer, then two Lasers a further 60 seconds later crewed by Alan Cairns and Malcolm Heron.
Malcolm held off Alan for most of the race, and latterly increased his lead to win comfortably over Alan who was second.