Graeme Robbins was down from busy Auckland for three days to coach TYPBC’s growing fleet of P-Class sailors in addition to two sailors from Mt. Pleasant, Christchurch: thirteen dinghies on the water all-up.
Tuesday morning saw a leopard seal sunning on the ramp, with a pod of non-hectors dolphins apparently feeding in the Bay. After introductions and an instructional briefing the group moved out-doors for some instruction in P-Class setup and controls with a demonstration P.
Each day began with a briefing in the Bilges followed by time on the water and a break for lunch. After another briefing in the afternoon, the rest of the day was spent on the water. Days were busy, starting at 8:30 with rigging and typically with a series of drills capped by some short races, and ending around 5:00.
Jon Olds hosted Graeme, for which the yacht club and especially Juniors, are grateful. Several Juniors parents also took time off from work to support the effort on and off the water: thanks to all of you.
All days were mostly light, though a 12 knot breeze the second afternoon caused the younger and lighter sailors some trouble. Day three concluded with the “Timaru Worlds”, a two race series in light wind. Skill in both boat handling and tactics was noticeably improved, and we are looking forward to an exciting season! Thanks, Graeme, for helping us get off on the right foot!