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Challenge Series

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The Sailing Committee is very excited to launch the Challenge Series this year. The series is a new concept, which we hope will offer all members a great opportunity to sail together outside the established racing calendar. We hope that the series will improve our sailing, but the emphasis will be on participation, building friendships and having a good time.

The aims

The aims of the Challenge Series are:

  1. To integrate new members and recently joined members with the more established sailors at TSC.
  2. To improve sailing skills, boat set-up and knowledge of local conditions,
  3. To give all members the opportunity to experience different types of dinghy.
  4. To allow existing intermediate sailors and racers to improve their racing.
  5. To offer new and recently joined members instruction on the role of OOD and AOD.

The series runs on 9 Saturdays and one Sunday from May to October, starting on Saturday 14 May (see Events). The plan is for the more established members to act as mentors to the less experienced, passing on their knowledge of the club, the river or sailing technique.

Who is it for?

The Challenge Series is for everyone. For beginngers certainly, and we definitely need mentors, but it's also just a great opportunity to get out and sail, whether you want to learn, practice, lark about or try something new!

Mentors needed can you help?

We know that the sailors who are doing the Familiarisation days are very keen to take part, so we need as many of our established sailors to come along as possible to act as mentors. You do not need to be a great sailor to be a great help, the role is more about support and encouragement, than instruction.

And if you don't want to get your feet wet, it would be great to have some mentors on dry land, who can help getting boats set up and on the water.

We want to get as many boats out as possible, so come on down and get stuck in.

What happens on the day

The OOD will come up with best programme for the day, based on who is there, what boats they want to sail and the prevailing conditions. They ask what you want from the day, help set up the mentor pairings and take the lead in briefings, bringing in experts for the day where appropriate.

We will strongly encourage people to mix up, for example with double handers being crewed by mentors who can guide their helm and single handers being grouped with mentors on the water to take a lead and give advice.

Each event will focus on an aspect of sailing (for example, tides, gybing or race starts) and will involve: a briefing with some technical input; a race or races designed to put those ideas into practice; a debrief; and a sojourn to the bar for a drink and a bite to eat. We expect the apr├Ęs-sailing will be well attended and plan to run some events to help that along.

Each day will be free-standing in terms prizes, with awards such as most improved and most helpful, as well as winning.

We very much hope that this appeals to all of you and we know that its success will depend on as many people as possible turning up and getting stuck in.

So please put Saturday 14th May in your diary and we'll look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions, please go to the Challenge Series Forum and we'll try to respond asap.

Last updated 17:02 on 1 May 2022

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