Wow! What a feeling… dancing on the ceiling…

Wow! What a weekend at ASC 8th – 10th July 2022!
Sun, warmth, some wind from various directions at a variety of strengths…

Casual Sailing on Friday afternoon/ evening attracted 17 sailors down to Conneries Lagoon. They were supplemented by those lucky enough to have secured a place on the RYA L1/2 Training Course, who came down for some theory elements. These helped them get a good foundation, prior to some practical experiences over the next two days.

Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny with a cloudless blue sky and a steady wind of 16mph blowing from the NW. By 9am clouds had rolled in and the wind dropped and thoughts turned to other activities to partake in over the weekend! Suffice to say, as we now know, the Sun returned, blew the clouds away and attracted a number of other Casual Sailors down to ASC, to experience time out on the water in the beautiful surroundings of the SSSI at Attenborough Nature Reserve.

Those coming down could cast their eyes over the thorough preparatory work executed by a willing few volunteers, in the heat of the morning, prior to applying the suitable weather protective coating of oil. [Ed – further volunteers required. Do make yourselves known].

Those on the Training course continued un-impacted by a further dozen who made it out on to the water. Dom doing some marvellous work showing some youngsters how to right a Topper.

Sunday morning dawned just as bright, warm and sunny as Saturday and stayed so throughout the day. With the light winds, not quite the Champagne sailing we hoped for. Those on the course took to ‘cooling off’ by practising their capsize and recovery techniques. Most of them vacated the water at lunchtime to allow 13 Regular Racers to fight it out for the first Pursuit Race of the season. They were supplemented by three course attendee, keen to practice their newly learned skills, to make a fine fleet of 14 boats visiting the windier corners of the Lagoon.

Thanks to Dennis and Louis for co-ordinating the Friday Casuals.
To Keith Brereton and his team of Instructors for running the RYA L1/2 Course.
Duncan Adams and his team of club members fulfilling their Safety duties, setting a course with multiple challenges of avoiding the wind shadows, caused by the islands and calling the winner of an ‘oh so tight’ finish, as the wind ‘fluked and eddied’ it’s way across the lake.

Finally, to all who came down this w/e to sample the delights of this idyllic setting we have the privilege of spending time at.
Why don’t you come down soon? You know it makes sense.