Tuesday 14 August 2018

Yacht Club is preparing for the Worlds

Ossian Geraghty

The second in a series of eight coaching weekends took place recently in Sligo Yacht Club under the instruction of Graeme Grant and assisted by Samuel Wray of SYC.

Graeme is a well known UK sailor and works as a coach at numerous clubs and sailing classes in Ireland and the UK.

The national training weekend is for the upcoming World Championships which are taking place later this year.

The five boats from the North Western Clubs attended the coaching session at Sligo Yacht Club which put the sailors through their paces on Saturday washing the Winter cobwebs off the boats. Saturday included working through magic roundabouts, follow the leader, rabbit start sequences, hoists, gybing to the whistle amongst other exhausting manoeuvres.

Saturday saw medium winds 11-15 knots and most of the sailors were fit for an early night after the first day's debrief in SYC bar.

The planned early start on Sunday morning was delayed due to lack of wind, but a relaxed morning shore session included refreshments from the Yacht Club's newly opened Cafe Gallery.

The fleet finally launched around 12pm and were continuously challenged by the changing conditions.

It started as a light weather session then varying to medium winds and back to light again, with a hail stone in the middle.

This meant the fleet were challenged by all the manoeuvres were put through.

The fleet all worked on a new spinnaker drop technique which was a Eureka moment, among many other drills.

The session is part of a series of coaching sessions to help prepare Sligo sailors and sailors from other clubs in the North West for this year's GP14 International Class Association World Championships which takes place in Mounts Bay, Cornwall in August.

In short succession after this event the premier event of the GP14 Class Association of Ireland or the National Championships 2018 will take place at Sligo Yacht Club in late August with large crowds expected.

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