At the start of every season, a team of Castle Cove Sailing Club members puts on a range of training exercises over a couple of weekends to ensure that all of the club's keelboat cruising section members, both existing and new, are fully aware of how to manoeuvre in marinas and safety out on the water. 

The club takes great pride in this annual initiative, and is seeing a growing number of people turning out to participate in these exercises year on year. 

This year's first weekend of what is known as the Shakedown Sail took place at the end of April, and incorporated some very important sailing skills including: 

  • Heave to 
  • MOB 
  • Reefing Afloat 
  • Spinnakers 
  • Dropping and recovering the anchor 

The day finished with a barbecue and pint back on land.

The following weekend was spent completing manoeuvres in Portland Marina, thanks to Dean & Reddyhoff. Neil Stroud, the club's Vice Commodore explained: "These practices are really important for trips that we have planned as part the cruising programme for 2017. This is how we ensure that our group understands the methods of getting onto and off the pontoons in different wind directions, the best approaches to finger pontoons and - the key thing - putting it all into practice."