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David Ogden
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Childrens Sailing School Cyprus

Published on 7/30/2014
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The winds strength improved a bit yesterday, which made it easier for the child to learn how to trim the sails on different points of sailing. I also introduced the game of sailing "Fetch" throwing a number of tennis balls, generally upwind for the pupils to collect. This exercise improved their boat handing, although one boat did capsize doing an involuntary gybe, she was able to put capsize training into practice, and quickly had the boat upright, and returned to the beach to empty out the water.

I discovered another use for tennis balls, that is to lay guide lines marking the edge of the no go zone for sailing close hauled and tacking, they are quicker to lay and recover than using bouys.

More work is required to help the pupils understand how to get out of irons, I demonstrated backing the sail - pushing the sail into the wind so the boat will be pushed backwards and turn to the opposite side. The students practiced the manoeuvre close to shore, but later in the day had forgotten what to do, so this will need reinforcing again today.

I have noticed the best pupils are learning by copying me , which is fine if I am sailing on the water at the same time, but they also need to learn how to make their own choices of directions to sail and sail trimming.

David Ogden
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