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Kids Sailing School Paphos Cyprus - A Testing Day

Published on 8/26/2014
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 Yesterday marked the end of the 1st week of sailing, for two of the Children attending Sailing Firsts Kids Summer Sailing School. Throughout  the week they had joined in with activities undertaken by other children who have been attending the children who had been learning to sail during the summer holidays.
The day started off with light cross/ onshore winds and the group were set a task to practice speed control and stopping alongside a buoy, when this task was completed, they were lead by a safety boat out to sea. The wind started to increase to force three with gusts up to force 4 as the be boats beat upwind and the leading group boats  of was instructed  to heave two and wait, whilst the safety  boat rounded up the stragglers. The wave heights started to increase so the leaders were ordered to sail back downwind until they were grouped  around the safety boat.
A couple of the boats had developed rigging problems , a result of poorly tied knots. So the boats were send on a broad reach/run to the shore, with the safety boat sorting out those who had difficulties. The children handled the conditions well and no boats capsized, but they were tested to their limits.
After a break during which it was emphasised the importance of checking the boats well before putting the boats in the  water. It was explained how the boats could be sailed in high wind conditions, and the fact that no one had yet tried using the foot straps to help balance the boat.
One by one the boats were put back in the water and the children were able to prove to themselves that they were able to control the boats in the stronger winds sheltered from the waves by the breakwater.

At the end of the day the class bid goodbye to one of their classmates who will be returning to Russia until next summer.
David Ogden
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