The section started sailing in May, later than normal due to Covid precautions, and booking was a month at a time. To reduce contact, we tried a new venture consisting of Explorer taster sessions for 6 Explorers with 2 young people per small boat and 3 or 4 instructors helping from a safety boat or the bank. These sessions proved to be very popular and about 100 Explorers had a go. In June we added our normal Scout tasters on Tuesdays and in July we ran a couple of Scout sessions on a Wednesday evening as well, giving about 80 Scouts a taste of sailing with a competent helm to help them. This is considerably less than half of a normal year, but we were glad to be able to provide the opportunities.
Numbers and space were less of an issue for courses, and we ran more than usual. 36 young people achieved stage1 with 15 gaining stage 2. We also successfully ran several sailing and power boat courses for adults this year, so had a busy time.
The Sailing Section held an “end of season” regatta. 13 sailors comprising of Scouts/Explorers, adult trainees and volunteer instructors raced in Toppers, Fevas, Bahias and a Wayfarer. The wind was a bit fickle, but still some great racing in glorious sunshine. Lunch time nibbles went down a treat, and of course tea and cake during the prize giving. The day ended with ‘sea shanties’ from the neighboring maritime festival complementing the day perfectly
We are looking forward to running Explorer sessions again next year in addition to the usual Scout and Cub sessions. Please contact us if you would like to help as volunteers are always welcome