The 5th National Squad was held at Carsington in Derbyshire. Catherine our national coach was assisted by Nicky McGreggor and Emma Barry. Carsington is a resevoir located in the beautiful Peak District. The members of Carsington Sailing Club were very welcoming and kind towards us, letting us have our own room for teaching.
On Saturday morning, the weather was very cold and the winds were light and fluky, so we decided that we would do some work on land before going out on the water. We learnt about communication between the helm and crew, which proved to be most useful. We also learnt about the roles of the helm and crew on the race course. When we got on the water the wind had picked up and was blowing a force 2/3. We did a few races to get warmed up and then we did some spinnaker work. After a challenging morning, we came in for lunch. During lunch we warmed up by having the delicious food cooked by the Carsington chefs.
After lunch we went on the water for some more racing and practice with our spinnakers. This session was more interesting because the wind had picked up to a good force 3. As for the weather it was still cold and grey. We came in and ended the day with a hot supper.
On Sunday we started the day with a chilly run. At the end we were well warmed up and we dressed ready for sailing. We put on all the layers we had! The wind was stronger than on Saturday and more predictable. We went out and concentrated on team communication. After a couple of hours we came in for a warm up and a hot lunch. Catherine rebriefed us after lunch and we went out to put the things we leaned into practice with practicing downwind legs and communicating as a team.
We had a great weekend in the Peak District and thank Catherine, Nicky and Emma and the coaching team for all their teaching.
John and Clare Peterson