Please select your home edition
Edition
Suntouched 2016 Dinghy Show

Royal Channel Island Yacht Club Cadets 4-Challenge Visit

by Phil Sharp Racing on 26 Sep 2016 24 September 2016
13 cadets from the Royal Channel Island Yacht Club spend the day aboard the Class 40 yacht Imerys © Phil Sharp Racing

On Saturday Phil Sharp and team were visited by 13 cadets from the Royal Channel Island Yacht Club for an afternoon of core sailing challenges aboard Class 40 Imerys, providing insight into life as an offshore racer.

Navigation, sail changing, fitness, and food preparation are four key areas of offshore sailing which were set as challenges for the day. In teams, the Optimist, Wayfarer, Dragoon and Hobie 16 cadets rotated around the boat to complete timed challenges experiencing both the technical and fatiguing tasks that offshore sailors face.

The Class 40 has a maximum of eight different purpose sails when racing, therefore sail choice is key to ensuring the boat is performing at its best in each weather condition and for each leg of a race. Provided with charts, a plotter and dividers, a return course was set across the English Channel and the teams were tasked with identifying both the wind angles and sail choice to achieve the fastest sail configuration for each leg.

"It was impressive to see how quickly the cadets got to grips with understanding sail-charts and this fairly demanding nav challenge" skipper Phil commented. "It is often tricky to make the right call on what sail to put up, and often relies on some quick thinking and mental arithmetic so you can stay one step ahead around a race course."

Whilst the navigation introduced cadets to making sail choices, the cadets were also given the important task of changing a sail as quickly as possible, where every second counts for minimising speed and distance lost during a race. Strength, speed and endurance were tested by dragging heavy sails out through the hatch and on to the foredeck, followed by attaching and hoisting a sail to the top of the mast. Both exhausting tasks on land, yet gruelling at sea with the boat crashing through waves.

"Last but not least we had a little on board MasterChef!" explained Phil. "Preparing a hot meal and drink in extreme conditions can be so important for your energy reserves and for boosting moral on board, so we gave the teams a breakfast challenge to make the nicest porridge and tea possible!"

RCIYC cadet, Elsa Swetenham comments, "Following Phil's racing has been really exciting but actually being involved with the tasks on board has made us appreciate how challenging single handed sailing really is. It was a great opportunity and a valuable insight into offshore racing."

Gordon Burgis of the RCIYC Sailing Committee commented, 'It was truly inspiring to watch the RCIYC cadets compete and work together to fulfil a range of interesting on board activities, which challenged their physical and metal thought processes. It was as interesting for me as it was for the parents viewing from the pontoon, watching the excited youngsters taking to and accomplishing the tasks with unbridled enthusiasm."

www.philsharpracing.com

Related Articles

Clean, emission-free sailing
We speak to Imerys skipper Phil Sharp We spoke with Imerys skipper Phil Sharp about his season so far in the Class 40, and also with Paul Strzelecki about his partnership with Henri Lloyd, and also about Phil's ambition to make his yacht 100% emission-free. Posted on 15 Aug
International competitors look back
At the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race Last night crews braved the elements for a successful prizegiving for the Rolex Fastnet Race and a lively final evening of entertainment at Plymouth Yacht Haven. Posted on 12 Aug
France claims Fastnet Challenge Cup
For third consecutive time For a third time running the Rolex Fastnet Race has been a story of French domination, Le Tricolor flying on this occasion from the top spot in IRC 1, 2, 3 and 4, the Class40 and IMOCA 60, the Two Handed and IRC Overall. Posted on 11 Aug
Rolex Fastnet Race update
To the wire in IRC Three Coming into the finish, Timeline (Marc Alperovitch) seem to be the victor, but when Arnaud Delamare and Eric Mordret's lower rated Dream Pearls arrived 33 minutes later, her time corrected to 1 minute 11 seconds ahead of her compatriots. Posted on 10 Aug
Rolex Fastnet class leaders firming up
Lann Ael 2 wins IRC 1 and provisionally leads overall Overnight and into a magnificent West Country morning, boats have been streaming across the Rolex Fastnet Race finish line and into Plymouth Yacht Haven. With this the leaders in the bigger classes have begun firming up. Posted on 10 Aug
V and B prevails in the Class 40s
In the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 Aside from the Volvo Ocean Race seven, another tight competition in the Rolex Fastnet Race has been between the twenty six Class40s racing. Posted on 9 Aug
High profile arrivals
In the Rolex Fastnet Race Some of the world's most high profile ocean racing yachts arrived in Plymouth in the early hours of this morning at the end of the Rolex Fastnet Race. Posted on 9 Aug
Rambler 88 claims monohull line honours
In the 47th Rolex Fastnet Race American George David's Rambler 88 arrived in Plymouth to claim monohull line honours. The silver maxi crossed the finish line off Plymouth breakwater at 22:14:21 BST in a time of 2 days 9 hours 34 minutes and 21 seconds. Posted on 9 Aug
Rock-bound flotilla
First monohulls due tonight in the Rolex Fastnet Race The first monohull arrivals are due into Plymouth tonight with George David's Rambler 88 leading the charge, rounding Bishop Rock, the mandatory mark of the course southwest of the Scilly Isles, at 1515 BST. Posted on 8 Aug
Concise 10 home in Rolex Fastnet Race
As Dongfeng Race Team leads VO65s around the Rock Unchallenged, Concise 10 blazed into Plymouth this morning, first boat home in the 47th Rolex Fastnet Race. Tony Lawson's MOD70 trimaran crossed the finish line off Plymouth breakwater at 05:55:00 BST with a race time of 42 hours and 55 minutes. Posted on 8 Aug