Weather the weather

Whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot, we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.

So last week we had summer in March, now it is actually snowing outside. Once again the IOM has gone from winter to a week of summer and back to winter again!

We are back on the water

Today has been a great day, a little chilly, but still enjoyable for our first Youth Sailing Week of the season. It’s a Race Training course so five essentials and tacking have been the order of the day.

Looking a bit breezy and even chillier tomorrow 🙁 Still…. we’ll make the best of it

Getting the boats ready :)

Two hours spent picking up all of Port Erin’s litter that finds its way to our boat park during the winter. A record of six black sacks full this year! Another wonderful couple of hours spent in the sunshine getting the boats ready for the season. Woohoo! One week to go….

Calling all junior sailors….

Have you entered the RS Tera Isle of Man Open yet?  The Isle of Man Yacht Club will host an Open Meeting for junior sailors from 5th -7th May 2012.  This will be a great opportunity for young sailors to compete against the top Manx juniors and hopefully some sailors from the UK Tera fleet too.  Racing will take place in Bay ny Carrickey, there will be plenty of safety boats and assistance for new-comers.  The Manx Youth Sailing Squad are looking to recruit up to three new members this season, so if you are interesting in being part of this team you need to compete at this regatta. 

All details, Notice of race and Entry Form are on the IOMYC website at www.iomyc.com .  If you are a IOMYC member and would like to use a club boat then contact Wendy Hill to arrange.  If you are not a Club member, but would like to have a go please contact Jen at 7th Wave and we’ll do our best to find you a boat 🙂

It is hoped that competitors will travel again from the UK to join us so if any families can offer accommodation please let Brian Partington know.

The ducks are back :)

These guys are back again! It is at least the fourth year running that this same pair have arrived. They were once again knocking on the door of the ice-cream shop for their bowl of bread and water 🙂

Easter Youth Sailing Weeks – almost full

Already the season ahead is looking busy!  We are running three Youth Sailing Weeks this Easter holiday.

From 2nd – 6th April there is a Race Training week, which gives young sailors a head start for the season of club and championship racing.  Sailors who wish to apply for a place in the Manx Youth Sailing Squad will really benefit from this course.

9th to 13th April is a Stage 2 and 3 week, this course is now full.

King William’s College and the Buchan have another week’s holiday from 16th – 20th April, so we are running a beginners course and a Stage 2 / 3 course.  There are four places available for this week.

Manx Youth Sailing Squad Success at RS Tera Nationals

The Manx Youth Sailing Squad brought home the Team Champions Trophy for the Isle of Man at the RS Tera National Championship last weekend at Dabchicks Sailing Club, Essex. The prize was awarded to the team who scored best three overall results in the Championship. The Manx Youth Sailing Squad beat last year’s winners at their own home club!

The squad consists of the Island’s top six sailors aged 14 and under, selected during trials at the beginning of this sailing season. The team trained throughout the summer at 7th Wave in Port Erin with coaches Phil Hardisty, Don Edwards, Rob Cowell and Jenni Quillin.

34 boats from around the British Isles entered the Championship which consisted of six very close races over two days. Saturday’s racing was held in light winds and very strong tides in the estuary. Tides would prove to be a decisive factor in the Championship and the Squad were assisted in their strategies by the coaches who travelled with them.

James Kelly (age 12) and Izzy Sharpe (age 13) really showed what the Manx could do, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively in Race 1. The Manx Youth Sailing Squad scored four top ten results in Race 2, with Greg Kelly (age 11) finishing 6th, James Kelly 7th, Hannah Howitt (age 14) 8th and Izzy Sharpe 10th. The best Manx result in Race 3 came from Hannah Howitt in 14th place, but unfortunately James, Greg and Ffinlo Wright were caught out by the tide and were pushed over the start line, causing their disqualification from the race. Competitors would be able to discard their worst score once four races had been completed, which for James, Greg and Ffinlo would be this result, however they could make no mistakes in Sunday’s races.

Racing started at 10am on Sunday morning with the wind now up to a steady force 3, which was forecast to increase throughout the day. Greg finished Race 4 in 7th, Hannah 12th and James 14th.

The Manx Youth Sailing Squad members had a impressive start to Race 5 with four of them being in the first five across the line. Coach Phil Hardisty descibed it as “a brilliant start by Izzy, James, Greg and Hannah”. Greg took full advantage of this good start and defended his position around the course to finish in 3rd place. Amie Shute (age 12) who had struggled with the light airs and strong tide on Saturday found her form in this race, getting into the top ten and finishing in a credible 9th place.

The Kelly brothers again made their mark in the final race of the series with James finishing in 3rd place and Greg 5th. The breeze seemed to suit Amie who put in another consistent race and again finished 9th. Ffinlo Wright (age 9), the squad’s youngest and newest member, was competing in a large fleet for the first time. He showed that the experience had been of real benefit to him. He had scored consistent results toward to lower end of the fleet during the series but in this last race all he had learned over the weekend came together and he scored an admirable 17th place, taking him from the bottom to the middle of the fleet.

The cumulation of James, Greg and Izzy’s overall scores ensured that the Manx Youth Sailing Squad took home the trophy for the RS Tera National Team Championships. In the individual competition James Kelly finished 7th overall, Greg 8th, Izzy 12th, Hannah 16th, Amie 19th and Ffinlo 30th.

Manx Youth Sailing Squad Coach Donald Edwards was delighted with the Squad’s performance: “This is only the second time the squad has competed off-island, and to bring home a trophy is a fantastic result for the whole team. They have all done themselves proud and we hope this will be the start of further success for each of these young sailors.”

Throughout the weekend the RS Tera GBR coaches had been on the water assessing all the competitors in order to select the 2010 GBR RS Tera Squad. The coaches were very impressed with the overall performance and high sailing standard of the Manx Youth Squad Members and at the end of the weekend Izzy Sharpe, James Kelly and Greg Kelly were invited to join the GBR RS Tera Squad. Izzy, James and Greg will attend four training weekends in the UK during the winter and will hopefully progress to represent Great Britain at the RS Tera World Championships in the future.

Well done guys, we are proud of you.