Congratulations to this year’s RYA Dinghy Instructor course candidates. 100% success rate!
The team have enjoyed a challenging week, where in order to become Dinghy Instructors they have had to develop good communication strategies, think independently, been encouraged to make mistakes and to overcome hurdles where things haven’t gone to plan.
Five of the six candidates had all started their sailing careers at 7th Wave over the years. We love watching them grow into good sailors, instructors and young adults. We are super proud of them all!
Many thanks to RYA Coach Assessors Alan Jones and Geoff Stones for running another superb week for us here on the Isle of Man and congratulations to Georgie Quayle, Peter Harper, Edward McEntee, Benjamin Mehta, Charlie Whitbread and William Henthorn on your new qualifications!
Today has been fantastic, the Race Academy group have enjoyed what is probably the best day on the water we’ve had so far. Plenty of breeze, sunshine and bold sailors, who have spent a day learning all about hiking, planing, reaching, heavy airs sailing and all of it with a few swims and plenty of smiles.
Huge thanks to the coaching team Ffinlo Wright, Ealish Green and Ben Batchelor for delivering an excellent and very successful day on the water in the very challenging conditions. Top job all round!
Our Race Academy sessions start this weekend. They are perfect for youngsters who have completed RYA Stage 3 and are looking to take the next, exciting step into the competitive side of sailing.
The weekends consist of some top level race coaching, plenty of on the water sessions looking at boat-handling, tactics, strategy and sailing fast. Competitive sailing is great fun and through these weekends we aim to equip sailors with all the skills and knowledge they need to get out racing at our local Clubs.
Briefing is at 10.30am please be in kit and ready to go by 10.30.
Saturday Sessions are all about having fun, improving techniques and practising skills taught in the RYA scheme. Youngsters can enjoy their favourite games, cruises round the bay, catching up with friends and all the usual excitement while becoming independent and confident sailors in a range of weather conditions.
Cost: £25 per person per session, we supply boats, wetsuits and buoyancy aids.
Please drop us a line to let us know you’re coming, or turn up in the morning….
Youth Sailing Week #2: Yet another superb week of sailing, sunshine, breeze and a group of keen, attentive, good sailors.
Our home-grown 7th Wave Instructing team have done a great job over the last fortnight and delivered some quality courses. Alex Daniel Nathan Pickles and Tim Chan all starting their sailing careers at 7th Wave some 10 years ago, now here they are running the show.
Also on the water, the amazing Luke Crowe who showed up here for work experience two years ago and never left. Since then he’s become a Dinghy Instructor and last week qualified as a Powerboat Instructor, oh yes, he was also the Manx Yachting Association’s Young Sailor of the Year award at the end of 2018.
We are proud of them all, and looking forward to what, with this crew, promises to be an excellent summer of Youth Sailing Weeks.
Next available week is TT Practice Week and then from 1st July onwards…
As well as a Youth Sailing Week this week, we’ve also got RYA Powerboat Trainer Tom Pedersen here running an RYA Powerboat Instructor course.
Five candidates are currently out on the water for the final day of the course. They enjoyed some great conditions here, sunshine and a strong easterly giving flat water but some interesting wind shifts in the gusts. THe sun is shining and everyone is wrapped up warm.
Also joining us today is RYA Powerboat Trainer Paul Magee from Ireland, he is here to moderate the course and hopefully sign off five new instructors in a few hours time.
As an aside, the sailing world is very small. Fifteen years ago Jen and Tom studied on the same Maritime Leisure Management course at Solent University. Since then their paths have crossed through the RNLI where Tom was a Trainer at the RNLI College Poole and then on the coast and now here he is at 7th Wave for a few days!
And…. we’ve a new addition to the powerboat fleet too in the form of a 4m Ribeye RIB!
Well, that is the first week of the 2019 season under our belts, and what a great week it has been.
Jen landed on back on the island last Thursday morning after a winter working at Horizon Yacht Charters in the British Virgin Islands. After a quick cuppa at home we were straight to the shed to start getting ready for our first courses of the season.
We are grateful to our wonderful team, Tim Chan and Nathan Pickles did a super job on the boat park getting all the dinghies ready. Juan, Jason and my Dad lending a hand at the shed to get all the vehicles going again. And Mum for flying through the shop like a cleaning tornado!
Three days later we are on the water with our first Youth Sailing Week of 2019. Instructors Tim, Nathan and Luke Crowe ran a superb Seamanship Course for our Assistant Instructor candidates and a fabulous Stage 2 week for our younger sailors.
Port Erin delivered us sunshine, flat water and some great sailing conditions in the easterly breeze. We are feeling truly blessed this week.
Thank you team and thank you sailors – you have been awesome. Here’s hoping the season continues like this.
The BT Challenge Trophy for the Young Sailor of the Year is presented by the Manx Yachting Association. This year the trophy has been awarded to Luke Crowe(age 17). He was nominated by the Manx Sailing & Cruising Club in recognition of his achievements in 2018.
Luke started training at the MS&CC in dinghies. This year he has qualified as an RYA Dinghy Instructor and been a great help to the Club.
He sailed with Jerry Coleman on the Sigma 33 Sea Pie de Cultra, doing a couple of Round the Island races and West Highland Week where they finished 2nd in class. Jerry says “Luke is great to have on board your boat as he doesn’t come to tell you something is broken, rather he says I found this broken and have fixed it”.
Luke is competing at Injebreck in a Laser this winter and is committed to volunteering at MS&CC next season to help with junior training.
In July 2017 Luke appeared at 7th Wave as a work experience student from Ramsey Grammar School. It should have been a two week placement, but he stayed for the whole summer volunteering with us. We were so happy to give him a job this year. He’s now a core member of our team, the guy that never lets you down and the first to volunteer at short notice. He travels down to us on the bus as he hasn’t passed his driving test yet. An average bus ride of 4 hours a day – true dedication to the cause! Naturally we fully endorsed the nomination from MS&CC.
Congratulations Luke, an all round top man, I was delighted to present the trophy to him at Injebreck on Boxing Day. A wonderful way to round off an amazing 2018 sailing season.
A voice piped up over the VHF “The shark is just going around the top mark now”. After almost two months of no shark sightings, this little one popped up in the middle of this morning’s Youth Sailing Week Start Racing session!
There is a theme occurring here…. Ben…. a Start Racing course… a basking shark joining in….