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Hurricane Coaching Day at Datchet Water Sailing Club

by Maxine Oliver 11 Aug 2013 12:16 BST 3 August 2013

Seven Hurricanes attended the Coaching Day provided by three times National Champion John Ready on Saturday 3rd August at Datchet Water Sailing Club. Perfect sailing conditions throughout the day with sunshine, flat water and the tide in, a very breezy day getting up to around 25 knots in the afternoon.

The day kicked off with bacon rolls and coffee, some crews needed more coffee than others after arriving fresh from Stone Week and feeling a little bit delicate. John Ready gave a briefing in the club house and all the boats after fine tuning the boats in the dinghy park hit the water and John followed them around in the shouting encouragement and giving tips on sailing techniques.

During lunch questions and answers on boat trim, tactics, and how important it is to have a sealed mast particularly if you spend a lot of time upside down. A review of the video footage revealed that performance and boat handling improved throughout the day.

After lunch racing around the tower, Malcom and John in 155 roared off definately benefiting from Johns advice, Graeme and Mark cornered the tower and went for a swim. By this time the wind had blew up to a force 5 a few more laps and we decided to head for the bar for well earned beer and de-brief.

A fantastic day of huge benefit to everyone that attended, many thanks go to Andy Bedford for ganising and arranging the rib from Datchet and Paul Elliott for taking the video footage although I am not sure the wide angle lens was completely necessary in some instances. Lastly a big thank you to John Ready who gave up his entire day to pass on his extensive knowledge and experience freely. A true champion and a great ambassador to Catamaran Sailing.

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