Morning activities commenced with a new twist: an obligatory swim wearing safety vests. This is a new process which everyone needs to complete in order to famiiarize themselves with the effects of a safety vest as well as demonstrate their swimming capabilities. Our recruits were stellar troopers braving the cool July waters as the first of our swim testers. They passed with flying colours as all circled our bouy off the beach (2nd picture). Then 3 of our resident experts opted for a gruelling swim out to a sailboat. As a precautionary measure they were accompanied by our recovery craft (not in the picture). Our Orca Candidates duly returned without any intervention. Awesome congrats to all of you!
This week’s team were supported by a strong contingent of prior participants which demonstrated their skills and leadership during the morning instruction by Nathan as well as the afternoon sail. Our Board members agreed that we have never experienced a smoother departure from the beach. All of our skippers/crew launched their boats smoothly, admirably controlling their rudders and centreboards. Then they proceeded to sail in formation in front of an appreciative audience in 10-15km winds. WELL DONE for a first day.
Our instructor – Nathan Troost – maintained a close watch on the proceedings. Nathan is a popular returning teacher who combines a great attitude and easy approach to instill confidence in all newcomers. He commands our red motorized dinghy while on the water and is connected with shore support using VHF radio. We are delighted to have him back leading our people on the water.
Nathan’s skills coupled with our strong first day on-water performance combined for a first day of bliss for Board Members and sailors alike. We wish 1st days were always like this!