(12) from Ahoghill, Co. Antrim, has just completed his RYA Stage 1 & 2 sailing
course at Carrickfergus Sailing Club.
His dad, a
firefighter stationed in Carrickfergus, had heard of the course in work and had
gone onto the sailing club’s website to check it out.
He had done a
little sailing himself and knew that Reuben would love it. He and his wife had
ensured that all their children could swim from an early age, he also knew that
Reuben would be very comfortable on the water.
his experience at the Club, Reuben says: “The Sailing Club is very modern and
well equipped. All the instructors were great, there was a little classroom
work learning some basics but most of the time was spent out on the water
beginning there were two of us in the boat, one steering and the other looking
after the sails, then we learnt to do both ourselves and eventually I
progressed to having a boat to myself. We were sailing Toppers mostly but there
were also a couple of Picos and I was in those as well.
lots of instructors out on the water with us. They always stayed nearby in two
very fast safety boats but we were all wearing wetsuits and buoyancy aids
starts about 9.30am with a midday break for a packed lunch, before going out on
the water again until about 4.00pm.
By that stage
the children are usually wet, having been practicing capsize drills where they
learn how to right the boat again, and hungry. After they put the boats away
they have a hot shower before being picked up by their parents.
“I would love to do more sailing. I hope to do the next level next year and my
kid brother wants to do the course I did! It’s a really great week, learning
how to rig and sail a boat and I’m going back to school in September having
learnt new skills.
club also has Bright Night Sailing events on Friday nights until the end of
August and I want to get to as many of those as I can. My brother can come
along to those too.”