Horning Sailing Club celebrated the end of their Training season in style on Saturday 09 September with a Junior Regatta on the River Bure, and almost 50 young people taking part in the day's activities. Split into four ability groups - beginners, improvers, intermediates and racers - sailing began with bright sunshine and a pleasant south-westerly breeze. With a packed schedule planned of four races for each fleet, a BBQ for lunch and buffet after racing, everyone was looking forward to a great day's sailing and an opportunity to put into practice all the skills learnt during the year.
With Lasers, Splashes, an Enterprise, Toppers, RS Teras and Optimists taking part it was a competitive yet fun day, with many racing for the first time, several joining the club through OnBoard sessions both through their schools and cub/scout groups.
With news of a storm on its way from Norwich, and the skies darkening very quickly, the decision was taken to put an early end to racing, meaning that the final race for intermediates and beginners did not go ahead, along with the proposed instructors' race in Optimists, but everyone had enjoyed a good day's sailing. On the conclusion of racing there was a presentation of the certificates received during the year, as well as the day's trophies. The Endeavour Trophy for effort during the Regatta went to Toby Smith in the Improvers fleet for sailing a Topper 4.2 for the first time, and completing all the races (even winning one), despite numerous capsizes!
Ellie Edwards (18), a club volunteer instructor, said "Saturday was a very busy but also a well-planned day - organized chaos as some people call it! There were so many children having fun racing up and down the river, it was great to see. Well done to all the competitors but especially those in my intermediate group. I'm so proud that you all had a go at the racing and persevered even if it was tough at times. Despite the downpour in the afternoon, we were all well fed and happy to conclude the day with a prize giving and a few farewells (but not goodbye) to some instructors who were retiring. I hope to see many of the juniors returning to the club next year to continue their training and progress on to the next stage."
RYA OnBoard has an impressive track record - since its launch in 2005 over half a million youngsters have been introduced to sailing and windsurfing, with around 10% taking up the sport on a regular basis.
For more information about RYA OnBoard, visit www.rya.org.uk/onboard
If you'd like to find out more about how to get out on the water and start your sailing adventure visit http://www.rya.org.uk/go/startboating