Training session for new sailors

SAILING LESSONS: Graham Topping in his Heron dinghy, giving lessons to the youngest trainees at Forfar Sailing Club training weekend.
SAILING LESSONS: Graham Topping in his Heron dinghy, giving lessons to the youngest trainees at Forfar Sailing Club training weekend.

Betting members would have predicted the result of the race at Forfar Sailing Club last Tuesday.

In light winds, Malcolm Heron prevailed for first, followed by Tony Cook, with Colin Tannock, in a rare outing, third, followed by Graeme Knox.

The only non Laser, single handed Firefly of David Smith, was next, followed by a despondent Craig Knox, over the line at the start and with no pace after that.

There was no racing on Thursday evening, although Colin Tannock represented club canoe affiliation, working out in his racing kayak.

The weekend was devoted to the annual training session for new sailors.

Malcolm Heron led a team of experienced instructors while Tony Cook, Peter Tait and Sally Heron (also available as instructors) manned the safety boat and several other supporting members worked shore side.

A well chosen fleet of three Wayfarers, an Enterprise and a Heron dinghy was afloat and on the morning of the first day trainees were soon helming despite a rising wind.

After lunch the wind got up so sails were reefed and as much time on the water as available was used - due to the forecast.

Maximum sailing time on Saturday had been a good choice as, on Sunday morning, Malcolm asked for a sailing demonstration.

Anyone who knows about sailing would know that if Tony Walker, with decades of sailing experience, in a Wayfarer with two thirds reefed Enterprise sails and a small gorilla for a crew decided it would be a bad idea to continue, he would be right - the forecast gale had arrived.

Unfortunately, this meant no time on the water for others and shore based talks became the order of the day.

However the trainees have been invited to return on 2nd June when hopefully the lost day can be made up.

Sailing continues as normal for the rest of the week. See website for details.