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We all arrived bright and early at West Lancs Yacht Club on Saturday morning, some of us feeling a bit tired after waking up so early, but ready for the weekend of training ahead. The fresh wind (and a bacon sandwich) woke up any of us wanting to crawl back into bed as we unpacked and rigged our boats. After a briefing we got into our drysuits and got ready to face the heavy wind and cold December weather. We started the day with a simple tacking exercise (LOTS of hiking required) and then did a windward leeward course before heading in for some well deserved lunch.

After Lunch we headed out again to do a windward-leeward reverse on the whistle exercise but only a few boats made it past launching before the wind picked up and Dave and Sarah decided that if it was windy enough to be hiking off the jib then it was way too windy; so we went back to dry land. After an afternoon of theory and tactics work the pizza’s arrived that we had ordered-some with strangely spelt names on-and then we went bowling. After a fun, but tiring, day we all went to sleep in various B&Bs, Camper vans and hotels.

We woke up on Sunday and-despite Emma’s threats of making us run until we throw up in fitness if we ate – we ate our breakfast and rigged our boats. Fortunately Emma’s threats could not be carried out as Dave decided that we needed to get out onto the water and catch up on lost time. We got changed and went out to do a follow my leader into jibing with spinnaker on the whistle exercise then the windward leeward reverse activity that we had to abandon on Saturday afternoon. After this we did a crews race. My helms ‘I’m scared for my life’ talk was somewhat funny and as we sailed around the simple course - it turned out that he realised that crewing wasn’t as easy as he originally thought! After lunch we went back out and did 3 races in the afternoon before packing up our boats and a short debrief.

Thank you to Dave Sarah and Emma for coaching us and West Lancs for letting us use their club.

Report by Charlotte Scott-69211

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