Grafham OnBoard NEWS - Grafham Water Centre OnBoard Training Weekend

June 15, 2015

OnBoard

During May the Grafham Water Centre OnBoard Training Weekend took place for our young sailors and also the CSYSA sailors (Cambridgeshire Schools Youth Sailing Association team).

This event is a regular in the Grafham OnBoard calendar, and had a very impressive uptake of around 30 young people from all over the region.

The weekend started on the Saturday morning with a briefing from Gordy Baines, to a room full of excited, anxious sailors, ranging from age 8 upwards.  The group was then split into three, with the younger, newer sailors in one group, then the intermediate group, followed by the Laser sailors.

Grafham OnBoard had a member in all of these groups, with some new faces to the club learning the basics, whilst some of the regular OnBoard sailors were both learning new racing skills in the intermediate group and Grafham current stars Max Oscroft, Abi Clarke and Jay Lilley in the Laser fleet…honing their skills and helping out with some of the younger members.

Saturday was an extremely challenging day training for all fleets, especially the beginner fleet which struggled in their Opie’s and Pico’s a little, but with some clever thinking on their feet, their instructors Ali and Laura were able to offer further sailing in Funboats, paring up the anxious sailors with the confident ones!....Smiles then started to appear on their faces!!...with fun had all round well done ladies!

Sunday, was Regatta Day, seeing all abilities mix together to sail around a triangular course together.  The wind had dropped to something which was manageable by all fleets; even the beginners were enjoying themselves, and learnt lots from the day.

Four races were completed in total, a great achievement to all sailors and a real credit to all instructors involved with the weekend. Well done guys thank you!

Grafham OnBoard did tremendously well again, with Harry Laycock winning 1st place in the Pico, topper fleet, with Abi Clark finishing 2nd in the Laser fleet, and Max Oscroft 3rd in the Laser fleet.

Other medals were awarded on the day to Max Findlater, Dave Clancy and Luke Thompson for their effort over the course of the weekend

Well done to everyone who took part in the training weekend at Grafham Water Centre. The conditions were far from perfect but at least the wind wasn't too strong for sailing!

The Grafham OnBoard Flyers still have alot of events coming up over the course of the sailing season. With the next event being the Camridgeshire Youth League at Grafham Sailing Club on the 7th June, following this weekends training we are expecting some good results so watch this space!

Hope to see you there

Gordy

Here are the top 3 results from the races on Sunday with 1 discard

Laser Fleet

             

Pos

Pts

Helm

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

1

3

 Harry

2

1

1

1

2

7

 Onboard Abigail

3

2

3

2

3

9

 Onboard Max

4

3

2

4

 

Handicap Fleet

             

Pos

Pts

Helm

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

1

4

Onboard Harry

1

1

10

2

2

6

Ben

2

3

1

5

3

8

Ned

3

2

3

3