The 1st and 2nd of October saw the club’s annual Dinghy taster sessions take place on Linlithgow Loch. Over the two days, around 20 sailors of all levels took to the water. Weather on both days was ideal for beginners – with enough wind to go places (but not so much that things became unstable), and almost unbroken sunshine. Each day began with a runthrough of rigging and a dry tacking drill before we got on the water. For many participants, this was their first time in a sailing boat: and by the end of the weekend many of them had tried helming and even a little racing!
This weekend was a primer for our programme of sunday sessions, where beginners will work through RYA Levels 1 & 2, learning the basics of sailing, while intermediates will work on Level 3 and the RYA advanced modules. The weekend was a huge success, with feedback from participants including: “Having lots of experienced sailors to show us how to rig the boats and stuff was good”, “plenty of time on the water”, “very good teaching” and “over all it was really fun.” A huge thank-you to Rebekka Thomas, Katie Hall, Mabel Ellerker, Jaylee Boer, Cameron Currie, and Charlie Williamson: without whom we couldn’t have run this event.