Lak­ers hit the high seas with sail­ing club

Bray People - - NEWS - BY ES­THER HAY­DEN

MEM­BERS of Bray Lak­ers took to the wa­ter with Bray Sail­ing Club last week.

Bray Lak­ers and Bray Sail­ing Club teamed up to of­fer an in­tro­duc­tory ‘ Try Sail­ing’ course to seven Lak­ers mem­bers.

The pro­gramme took place over three evenings, start­ing with a land- based fa­mil­iari­sa­tion ses­sion on the first day, dur­ing which the new­com­ers to sail­ing learned how to rig and sit in a dinghy. On the se­cond evening, the group took to the wa­ter and ex­pe­ri­enced their first taste of the thrill of sail­ing in­side the con­fines of Bray Har­bour while the cruiser fleet raced with 25+ knots of wind out­side. This ses­sion was fol­lowed by cap­size drills near the beach in the har­bour. On the third evening, the dinghy fleet left the har­bour and the trainees had a chance to helm their own boat, be­fore head­ing into the club­house for a BBQ and pre­sen­ta­tion of Irish Sail­ing Taste of Sail­ing cer­tifi­cates, in­clud­ing Irish Sail­ing’s first ever braille sail­ing cer­tifi­cate.

Speak­ing af­ter the event, Lak­ers’ Ser­vices Man­ager, An­thony Fin­negan said: ‘We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the con­tri­bu­tion of the amaz­ing in­struc­tors and as­sis­tants in Bray SC in giv­ing our mem­bers the op­por­tu­nity to try sail­ing for the first time. The en­thu­si­asm and ex­cite­ment ev­i­dent around the har­bour was great to see, and we hope that some of our mem­bers will have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in sail­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis in the fu­ture.’

Bray SC’s Se­nior In­struc­tor, Jack Han­non, said: ‘I’m grate­ful to our team of in­struc­tors and as­sis­tants who gave of their time so will­ingly to make this part­ner­ship such a suc­cess. Sail­ing re­ally is a sport for all, and our mem­bers were de­lighted to have the op­por­tu­nity to share their pas­sion for sail­ing with seven new­com­ers this week.’

Mem­bers of Bray Lak­ers with mem­bers of Bray Sail­ing Club at the Try Sail­ing course.

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