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….
Manx Sailor Teddy Dunn won the last race at the RS Tera World Championship yesterday, putting him in 6th place overall after two days of racing.
The RS Tera Sport fleet of 88 boats has been split into two qualifying rounds to decide Gold and Silver Fleets later this week. Teddy Dunn (age 13) has had a great week so far, starting the series with a 2nd place in the first race. He has sailed the first six races very consistently and at present is discarding a 7th as his worst result.
An increase in breeze yesterday saw Nickolas Ellis move up the fleet with an 11th and a 13th. He has moved up the fleet to 43rd. Archie Dunn, at his first World Championship is 53rd.
Oscar Jackson, sailing in the Pro fleet for the first time is getting to grips with the much tougher level of competition in the more senior fleet and is in 60th at the moment.
Huge thanks to sponsors Appleby Capital International Group Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
Former Manx Youth Sailing Squad member and present 7th Wave Instructor Ffinlo Wright has abandoned us here this week. He’s gone sailing! Ffin is competing at the RS Aero World Championship in Weymouth. All the staff and sailors here wish him the very best of luck at the event
Yesterday was pretty awesome. The Day Sailing group planned an outing down to Aldrick. They enjoyed fantastic sailing conditions down the coast and back. Piglet even came for the trip so we could get ashore. We anchored the boats off the beach and the crews had fun rowing to and from the shore. We stopped there for a picnic lunch, it was a real treat.
There was a lot of plastic on this beach. In just five minutes our sailors cleaned a boat load of plastic off Aldrick beach.
We talked about the Great Pacific Garbage patch (I was surprised how few people had even heard of this), we talked about Rowan Henthorn’s trip across the Pacific researching the impact of plastics in the oceans. We talked about the global problem and future implications for marine life, bird life, human life and the planet.
We can see the same here, on a smaller scale, outside of our bay is a gyre, plastic just keeps going round it in circles. Our boat load full is just a tiny sample and no doubt more will appear on Aldrick tomorrow. We will continue to pick up plastic we find on beaches and in the oceans. But we need to stop it at the source.
#turnthetideonplastic #stoptheplastictide #onourdoorstep#unescobiosphere #oostwestthuisbest #visitisleofman #porterin #piglet#firstyouhavetorowalittleboat #sailingisliving
Youth Sailing Week #3 and what a week. It started with the beach being closed due to a diesel spill caused by a visiting boat. Not to be deterred we managed to run a session from the jetty, away from the slick, using the boats we already had on moorings in the water.
On Tuesday lunch time the Coastguard and Commissioners declared the beach open again. There we were, our boats lined up like super cars waiting for the Roads Open after TT races, just waiting for the nod. What followed has been a superb week of sailing with near perfect sailing conditions.
I’m pleased to say that the girls have outnumbered the boys, there have been 15 girls sailing here this week!!! #thisgirlcan#welldoneizzysharpe
We’ve some new additions to the Instructing team, Luke Crowe and Annis Williams both passed their DI course last week and this week have run a text book Stage 1 and 2 course between them, with help from Ealish Green who has joined us from across for a few weeks. Ealish has spent much of her sailing career at 7th Wave and got her DI ticket here last year. She has been teaching sailing at Budworth SC and now here, she is a welcome addition to the team. Finally it is wonderful to have Ffinlo Wright back in the fold too. Ffinlo was our first ever ever sailing customer back in 2006, I took him on a Taster Session in a Tera, he was five years old!
#homegrownteam #porterin #proudofyouall #sailingisliving#alwaysachallenge #nothingeverstraightforward
Well after the last few months on sunshine, this weekend is looking more like a regular Manx summer – wet and very windy!
Saturday Sailing for Juniors CANCELLED
RYA Dinghy Level 1 for adults POSTPONED
Taster Sessions CANCELLED / POSTPONED
Manx Youth Sailing Squad training GOING AHEAD
Kayak hire UNLIKELY
Youth Sailing Week #3 Introductions this morning… Instructor “Tell us about your sailing and a random fact about yourself”… Student “I’m doing Stage 4 and my random fact…. I beat that Instructor (points to Luke) in a race in Ramsey last week”
Izzy Sharpe – your #thisgirlcan Race Training weekend was a huge success! And this moment made me smile