Dalgety Bay Youth Week
Each year our club runs a week for the youth sailors at our club. From age 8 to 16, there is a selection of courses from Stage 1 up to Start Racing with daysailing and seamanship in between. It's absolutely brilliant and we have about 60 kids at the club all week, having a great time and not really caring about the occasional rain shower, or lightening.
Perhaps just as impressive are the numbers of adults and older children who give up their time to come and help out. Some are training to be instructors, others already are but some are just there to drive rescue boats or help in the galley. We are a lucky club in many ways as we have a core of members who like to drive RIBs or cut the grass or maintain our fleet, much being done by the Tuesday group of retired members,
I was instructing the Start Racing group and was constantly impressed with the enthusiasm of my group and the amount of fun the were having. They were quick to learn and try out new ideas and to help each other out. Several of them came out in the RIB to watch the Wednesday evening race and were spotting to see what the leading boats were doing compared to the slower sailors - it was keeping the boat flatter - and they were having bets on who would win. I'm afraid I let a few down as Ian Renilson sailed very quickly downwind and I couldn't keep up. But more than a few had bet on him anyway - traitors!
The next stage for these sailors is to get into club racing and there are some who are keen to get to regattas, the first one being at Loch Lomond at the end of the month.