Charteris Bay Yacht Club Spring Camp
In the second week of the recent school holidays, Charteris Bay Yacht Club held its annual Spring Camp. This is a three day event that involves various groups of sailors from complete beginners through to experienced campaigners who will compete in national regattas over the coming season. There were about 30 sailors involved in last week’s camp ranging from 8 to 13 years. About half of the sailors were participating in Learn to Sail groups, which is encouraging for the coming season at the club.
The sailors were fortunate to have near perfect weather for the three days, the warmer temperatures making the inevitable capsizes a little less difficult to manage. The sailors were all developing their skills in optimists and the club took the opportunity to launch six new plastimist dinghies – plastic optimists – which have recently been purchased through funding made available to the club via grant applications. The sailors worked in groups to set the rigs of the platimists and some senior club members officially launched each of the six dinghies with a sprinkle of champagne over the bow. Each plastimists was then taken on a maiden voyage out into the harbour, by one of the young sailors.
Over the 3 days the sailors were engaged in lots of learning on and off the water and at the end of the three days, even the beginners could proudly claim to have completed a return expedition to Quail Island.