Young­sters learn to sail in hol­i­days

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

In the school hol­i­days the Nga¯roto Sail­ing Club ran two suc­cess­ful three-day learn to sail pro­grams.

The pro­grams were a trun­cated ver­sion of the Yacht­ing NZ Learn to Sail pro­gramme in which par­tic­i­pants un­der­took an ini­tial pro­gramme of about 15 hours spread over three days.

The full pro­gramme in­volves 24 hours of learn­ing and prac­tice.

Or­gan­is­ers say by the end of the pro­gramme the chil­dren were in a po­si­tion to de­cide if they wish to con­tinue with sail­ing as a sport or in­ter­est.

Those who were in­ter­ested in con­tin­u­ing have the op­por­tu­nity to sail, with coach­ing pro­vided, on club sail­ing days — held on Sun­days lead­ing up to Christ­mas and then on Satur­days from Fe­bru­ary next year.

Par­tic­i­pants used Op­ti­mists for the course.

The ‘Opti’ is a sta­ble, for­giv­ing boat and a good start­ing point as the chil­dren can build con­fi­dence be­fore mov­ing onto less sta­ble, but faster, boats.

As part of the course the kids learnt the com­po­nents of their boat, set­ting up the boat, boat han­dling, safety, ba­sic knots, how to sail — in­clud­ing tack­ing (up­wind), gy­bing (round­ing marks) and reach­ing (sail­ing across the wind).

Beyond the ba­sic skill of be­ing able to sail a boat, sail­ing as a sport of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete at club, school, re­gional, na­tional, in­ter­na­tional and Olympic level.

This Satur­day Nga¯roto Sail­ing Club is run­ning a free open day from 10am to 2.30pm for kids and adults who want to have a go at sail­ing or sim­ply want to come down and see what sail­ing in the Waikato is all about.

Fol­low­ing the open day the club will be run­ning fur­ther Learn to Sail classes for both kids and adults.

Left: Young sailors out on Lake Nga¯ roto.

Pho­tos / Sup­plied

Happy par­tic­i­pants in the Nga¯ roto Sail­ing Club Learn to sail School Hol­i­day pro­gramme.

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