We arrived at Derwent Reservoir and faced many challenges such as the entry barrier and several water bombs. We could all see that it was a gusty day and the Sunday of training was going to turn into survival. At the breifing Brett explained mark rounding and that we should put a few reefs in. Unsurprisingly the Scotts were late, missing the briefing completely and coming just in time to rig and get changed in to drysuits with whatever was warmest underneath it. After rigging and changing we were ready, but to be honest nobody wanted to go out first we stood on the slipway waiting for the first to brave the waves. Eventually someone did, as we all helped boat after boat launch you knew you were going to be next. As soon as everybody was out we soon realised that it was a lot windier than it seemed from the shore. Each one of us capsizing, wondering who would go in next. After trying to high five Nikki on the rib, Brett soon changed the exercise to following the rib until he blows a whistle and we all set off heading for the mark that we had to go round together as a group. All of this while dodging capsized boats that seemed to be upside-down in turtle more than sailing the two buoy course that had been given to us. After a bit of sailing and a lot of swimming we came in for a delicious lunch of pasta,chips,sausage or quiches served by the galley. For pudding we all practised our knots on strawberry or cola laces. But the one thing that confused everyone though was that Alistair Scott still hadn't capsized in his pro with a dangerous combination of hikers and a wind gusting 32 knots!
In the afternoon Brett had planned small races that linked into our mark rounding morning but obviously it didn't go as planned. The wind was way too strong capsizing people with even three reefs in. Eventually Alistair Scott capsized but that wasn't all of the crazy capsizing that went on in the afternoon, the wind seemed to have picked up making lighter sailors luff up into the wind in hope to keep the boat upright. After detangling ourselves from the other boats we were told to sail in because it had turned into Survival Sunday (as suspected) and we had stopped learning in order to concentrate on the issue of not capsizing on top of each other. We sailed in to the dangerous part. Landing. Trolleys were everywhere and believe it or not, it's harder than it looks to spot your blue Tera trolley out of another 11 identical blue Tera trollies. After a warming hot chocolate, we were all ready to debrief. Maddie Wylie gave a short thanks to Brett, Will, The Galley Staff and our parents for bringing us here. We all had lots of fun even if a few had to come in because it was too windy for them to stay out. A big thanks to everyone involved as we had such a good time.
Seventeen hardy northern Tera helms enjoyed a fantastic day of coaching at Derwent Reservoir SC on Sunday 5 May. Chief Coach was Brett Cokayne and he was joined by local coaches Richard Startup, Bernard Clark and well known Youth sailor Will Tarn-Chapman. Launching the boats was no mean feat with a good onshore breeze making for lumpy conditions and thanks go to all the Mums and Dads who made sure everyone got away safely and to the Tera team for working together so well to help each other. Any nerves about launching in the morning had disappeared completely by the afternoon session despite the steady force 5 wind, and the team made the most of the conditions to do some really great work on their boat handling skills. The Coach boats and safety crews were kept busy as the fleet enjoyed some spectacular knock down gusts and everyone came off the water smiling, if rather wet! Thanks to Nicky and the team at DRSC for inviting the fleet to come along for the day.