Supernova Training 26th October ’13


Five visitors came to the club to join six of our own Supernova sailors to take advantage of a training session put on by Duncan Adams.

After a short briefing the boats were launched and were quickly into a figure of eight to undertake some tacking practice followed by the obvious, gybing. This progressed to the stage where all the boats were circling Duncan

sho was in a powerboat giving advice. The second hour was spent getting some starting practice before a short debrief and a lunch of soup and rolls kindly provided by Josie Adams

In the afternoon three races were run in gusty conditons. In race 1 Jon Adams (no relation to Duncan although he was sailing Duncans 2 day old boat) and Paul kelly both of ASC were well out in front only to be hit buy a

significant gust which knocked them both over. This allowed Bob Ceurstemont who was the only boat not to capsize in race 1 to sail past and take line honours.

Race 2 again saw strong gusty conditions and the fleet was down to 10 at the start. Again Jon Adams took to the lead but this time stayed upright and took the honours.

Going into the third and last race any one of four different sailors could take first place. Just 9 boats were on the start line. Paul Kelly this time took the lead and although Jon Adams was last around the first mark by a fair distance after falling out of his boat he powered through the fleet to finish second.

Gill had kindly donated some rather grand prizes with Paul Kelly taking first and a new spray top, Jon Adams second and a new bouyancy aid, Bob Ceurstemont took third and a new sailing knife. All three were home club sailors.

Hopefully everyone learnt someting which will make them go faster in the future and we can welcome more Supernova sailors from around the region to join in a similar event in the future.

Thanks to Duncan Adamsfor giving up his time and to Gill for donating some great prizes, for Josie Adams for catering, Roger and Gill Day for Safety Boat crew and Mike Prichard for being Race Officer

I hope to see you on the water,

Roger Day