“Our Junior Regatta this year was a great success. A challenging day in easterly winds with a good rolling swell tested our young sailors’ abilities but they rose to the occasion. 30 children raced across 2 separate courses with our Terra and Pico fleet competing in 5 different races and our Oppie fleet in up to 9 races.
All competitors demonstrated the continuing improvement in the standard of HRCST sailors, with all sailors making it through every start line (something which 3 years ago was a challenge) even though for some, it was their first ever regatta. I am so proud of all the children who took part – there were some priceless moments of personal achievements that I hope will create great memories of their first racing experience.”
Sammy Hubbard, Sailing Instructor.
“On Saturday 9 June I took part in a sailing regatta organised by the HRCST. We were picked up by powerboats from Helford Passage and taken to Porth Saxon beach. We got the boats out – some Oppys, Teras and Picos. I was in a Tera. When we had finished rigging our boats, Sammy [Hubbard, HRCST Sailing Instructor] gave us a brief on the course and the wind. It was very windy. The course was a triangle shape with a buoy and the ferryboat as the start/finish line – there was also a different course for the Oppy sailors. We set off from the beach and zoomed across the water towards the start line. The first challenge was getting across the line at the right moment. Martin, who was on the ferry, blew the horn three times to signal three minutes to go, two to signal two minutes and one for one minute. After several exciting races we shot back to the beach to have some well-earned lunch.
“On the beach, after lunch, Sammy gave us all a lesson on hiking out and how to increase our boat speed. We headed back off to the start line to put this into practise in the afternoon races. I tried to get across the line just as the horn blew to start the race. I also remembered to keep my daggerboard down while going across the wind (I hope I’ve got that right, Sammy?!). It was hard work but extremely good fun! I would recommend having a go at a regatta because it is a great experience and you certainly learn a lot with the HRCST team there to help you.”
By Rafi Oakes, aged 11
A big thank you to Hodgsons Accountants for sponsoring this year’s Junior Regatta.