Well that was a fun afternoon yesterday. Buchan Badge nautical with Form 2 asking “Who keeps us safe on our coast?” Fortunately for the class they are in good hands, with teacher Miss Ashton being a member of the Coastguard and myself being RNLI crew. We bring our gear in to school, have a bit of a fancy dress session and share some stories of rescues and our activities around the coast.
It is always fun when the youngsters realise there is a fourth emergency service (and it isn’t the AA!), “You can dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard” always a handy tip when you live on an island!
Yesterday we hosted our annual Sail for Gold Regatta at Port Erin, with 15 boats and 18 youngsters out on the water it was certainly a good spectacle to watch. The fleet comprised a wide range of classes, including an RS Feva, two Topper Vibes, one Tera Pro, two Topaz, a Laser Radial and six Tera Sports! Admittedly racing was slow due to the light breeze, but luckily, once the breeze had settled to the west it held and built slightly in the final couple of races.
It was great to see so many newcomers and more experienced sailors to take part. Among the top sailors were Patrick and Alec Cope, both really embracing the spirit of the regatta with Patrick helming the RS Feva for his petite crew and little sister Daisy, and Alec offering words of encouragement between and during races to younger brother Max who was sailing in is own RS Tera Sport.
Alec Cope stitched the series up nicely counting three bullets after discarding a second from Race 1 which was won by Patrick and Daisy Cope in the Feva.
The battle for second and third place was hotly contested by Georgia Harding and Nickolas Ellis, with positions changing frequently between them throughout the afternoon. It was Georgia’s day in the end with two seconds and a third to Nickolas’ two fourths and a second. This is the first time in five years that a girl has finished on the podium at this regatta, beating Amie Shute’s third in 2012 and the first time ever that a girl has won the RS Tera Sport fleet. Well done Georgia #thisgirlcan
Further down the fleet there was plenty of close racing and after four races Luke Crowe and Jake Orme, sailing in the Topaz’ finished on equal points with and without the discard! Charlie Mugan, Euan McConnell, Max Cope and Oscar Jackson all taking the helm in the this regatta for the first time enjoyed some close racing. Oscar seemed to have the upper hand in the middle of the fleet counting 5, 5, 6. Dylan Sewell, sailing his Laser Radial came fifth in Race 2, which is a great result for the Radial in this competitive fleet.
Peter Cope and William Mugan took on Wilf Kermode and Ben Brunschweiler in the Topper Vibe race, some “centreboard awareness” issues in the Kermode / Brunschweiler boat gave Cope and Mugan the lead after Race 1 and they went from strength to strength getting to grips with the kite and putting in some tidy gybes by the end of the day.
1st. Alec Cope (RS Tera Pro) 2, 1, 1, 1
2nd. Georgia Harding (RS Tera Sport) 3, 4, 2, 2
3rd. Nickolas Ellis (RS Tera Sport) 4, 2, 4, 4
4th. Patrick and Daisy Cope (RS Feva) 1, 3, 8, 9
5th. Oscar Jackson (RS Tera) 5, 9, 5, 6
6th. Jake Orme (Topper Topaz) 12, 11, 3, 3
7th. Luke Crowe (Topper Topaz) 6, 12, 6, 5
8th. Peter Cope & William Mugan (Topper Vibe) 11, 7, 7, 7
This week is giving a similar forecast to last week, with easterly winds around force 4. So in Port Erin this means we’ll have flat water, an average wind speed of less than force 4, but it might be gusty in the offshore breeze. Hopefully this sunshine will last too.
We will be on the water from 5 o’clock, with the latest launch time at around 7.30pm, giving you more flexibility with start and finish times. If you’ve sailed before, there will be someone on the beach to help you rig, launch and recover the boats. We’ll have a safety boat on the water with an instructor on board, so if you want a little bit of coaching whilst your’re out just ask.
If you are new to sailing and want to have a go our instructors will guide you through the basics and on the water tuition will be given too. Sessions will run every Thursday regardless of the weather, if it is too windy we’ll run shore-based sessions on navigation, weather, tides, knot tying and general sailing theory.
You can attend as many or a few sessions as you like. The price per week is £22 per person.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To book your place please get in touch.
So, while the Squad were away competing at the RS Tera Nationals, we were busy with our final Race Academy weekend of 2016.
On Sunday afternoon to round off the course we had our own three race regatta. The fleet was slightly diminished with all the Teras being at Pwllheli, but this gave us some exciting and really close racing between the 8 boats we had on the water.
It is great to see a different winner for each race and plenty of position changes throughout the three race series. Some of the racing was really close – in Race 3 there was half a second difference between 2nd and 3rd on corrected time and 1 second between 3rd and 4th!! Which just goes to show, that even though the Taz might be way behind on the water they are still very much in the overall race.
Well done to Monty and Nickolas, the overall winners, and well done to everyone that took part. These Academy weekends have been really enjoyable and it has been great watching everyone progress over the course of this season.
We will be back with more Race Academy weekends next year.
Georgia Harding was awarded the Endeavor prize at the RS Tera Nationals for her perseverance to complete all the races especially in the windy weather on day 2- her confidence on the water and sailing knowledge has improved dramatically which is fantastic to see 😀⛵️
The new Sport fleet sailors from the MYSS had an amazing time at their first major championship really holding their own in some very challenging conditions, it was lovely to see the constant improvements in their sailing over the few days of the event and the massive leaps in confidence compared to the first day. Their biggest challenge this week was their first experience on a big start line crammed with boats which is something they had never experienced. If you take a look at the results it shows their improvements over the days which were evident on the water and their knowledge and experience has massively benefited from coming to this event!! They would also like to thank Isle of Man Steam Packet for their support ⛵️
Final results for the RS Tera Nationals Pro fleet. Ben finished and amazing 3rd with 2nd and 3rd results all coming down to the last race which was held in extremely light winds, Ben did well to manage to hold his place in these challenging conditions. It was a lovely finish for Bens time in the Tera he has had a brilliant year coming 5th at the Inlands, 3rd at the worlds and 3rd at this nationals, as he has now grown out of the boat and is moving out of the Tera fleet after 7 years in the fleet into a 29er! It was a touching end to his time in this fleet at the Batchelor family were awarded the Family Ethos trophy for dedication to the fleet over the past 7 years. Ben would like to thank Isle of Man Sport Aid , the Isle of Man Steam Packet and Mark Cavendish for their continued support and sponsorship for this season- he is looking forward to the hard winter training ahead in the new boat with a lot to learn.
Congratulations to Ben Batchelor and Matt Perry sailing the RS Feva who finished first overall. Alec Cope moved up to the Tera Pro rig for the first time and certainly gave Ben & Matt something to think about as he denied them another bullet in the final race.In the final race the top 4 boats all finished within 5 seconds of each other on corrected time!
In the Tera Sport fleet Peter Cope and Teddy Dunn had a close battle in each race with their positions changing almost every lap. They finished on equal points but the Racing Rules of Sailing do not allow tied results, so using the RRS scoring system Peter finished 3rd overall and Teddy 4th. Charlie Whitbread sailed a steady consistent series to finish 5th. Nickolas Ellis took part in is first ever regatta and had a close series with Tom Whitbread, only one point separated them in the end!
Peter Harper sailing his Laser 4.7 looked good on the water and he finished an impressive 6th in Race 2. A capsize in the final race lost him a few points and resulted in him and Tom finishing on equal points too!
Gwen Thornton and Wilf Kermode both took the helm in the Topper Topaz, taking two brand new crew of the Mugan brothers for their first racing experience. The Race Committee agreed that they have never seen the Topaz sailed so well and the two boats had some good battles around the course. The Mugan brothers were having their own mini regatta each driving their helms to do better than their sibling in the other boat! Gwen and William finished an impressive 6th place overall, with Wilf and Charlie bringing up the rear of the fleet with smiles and thumbs up on every lap!
Prizes were awarded to
Ben Batchelor and Matthew Perry – 1st overall
Alec Cope – 2nd overall
Peter Cope – 3rd overall
Teddy Dunn – best newcomer
Wilf Kermode & Charlie Mugan – Best improvers
Tom Whitbread – Best improver
Peter Cope – 1st Tera Sport
Gwen Thornton & William Mugan – 1st Topaz
A month ago RYA Coach Assessor Alan Jones joined us at 7th Wave to run an RYA Dinghy Instructor course for six candidates. The week provided us with typical Manx changeable weather from scorching sunshine to wind and rain. There were plenty of challenges for the candidates to overcome, long days and hard work. The team did really well, it is a big step making the transition from sailor to Instructor. Four of the six candidates were successful in achieving the Dinghy Instructor certificate. Congratulations to Emily Downs, Mathilda Jaggar, Patrick Cope and James Humphrey!! With a little more work and upon completed of their Action Plans Matthew Davin and Will Wright should soon have theirs signed off too 🙂