This week Archer Luckman had a personalised training session when Ashley Brewer jumped at the opportunity to crew on a MJ with her brother James, also Caiden McPherson didn’t have to be asked twice if he wanted to take his skyrider out on the MJ course to test his skills.
Hence we set up one skyrider for Archer and one for Caiden. I brought along a few tools and Archer enjoyed giving a hand carrying out some repairs.
This week we focused on keeping hold of the tiller when tacking (turning) and working on body position to balance the boat combined with main sheet control. Pulling the main sheet rope on harder to power up or letting it out looser to depower and flatten the hull (stop the craft tipping over too far).
We ended up leaving the small rubber duckie on the shore in standby in case required and proceeded out into the water with our single trainee sailor.
So Archer, his dad Brendan and myself waded out into the lake. Archer then sailed between his dad and myself across the wind. We were human buoys and Archer had to sail around us at each end. With focused personalised instruction he was improving in leaps and bounds. When tacking getting the hang of sliding your back foot thru, mainsheet rope reach across front and held in original tiller hand as slipped thru and transfer the rudder from one hand to the other behind the back. Archer was getting more and more confident as the session went on and also was feeling more comfortable when a gust came thru and with minimal instruction was able to flatten his craft and keep it upright. Only capsizing a couple of times.
After a good ¾ hour on the water Archer had enough and we headed to shore. His enthusiasm continued to hosing down the equipment and anyone close enough to be in the way. No-one was complaining as it was quite warm.
Caiden came back in a little while later and advised that he had enjoyed himself but couldn’t match the speed of the manly juniors. Ashley also was pretty happy with herself also having had an enjoyable sail on the manly junior with her brother James.
Don’t forget learn to sail skips 1 week and we come back again Saturday 18th February 2017.
Regards Hugh Lewis
Learn to Sail Coach
PS: Next week is the Manly Junior states and so there will be no learn to sail Saturday 11th February 2017. You are more than welcome to come down and check out the regatta as there are some pretty good young sailors in the manly juniors fleet. You will also get a feel for the regatta atmosphere.