ANTIGUA'S JOLLY HARBOUR YACHT CLUB INTRODUCES DINGHY SAILING, TRAINING AND RACING OPEN TO ALLWednesday 12th August 2009
JHYC is now able to offer regular dinghy pleasure sailing, training, and racing throughout the year at the northern end of North Beach, Jolly Harbour. Their fleet now comprises 3 Lasers, 2 Sport 16’s, 1 Hobie 16, 2 Topper International One Designs and 1 Fin (currently in need of some maintenance so not available for sailing just yet). Participants must be able to swim 25 yards with a buoyancy aid which must be worn at all times on the water.
Pleasure sailing and practice is Saturday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to sail one of the fleet will first need to demonstrate a suitable level of competence to the instructor.
Adult & junior dinghy sailing instruction is Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The aim is to provide a structured course covering all aspects of dinghy sailing including basic sailing theory & practice, rigging, capsize drill, helming and single handing.
Every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. there is a series of Laser Races with up to 4 boats competing. Match Races can be staged for crews in the Sport 16's or for individuals in the Toppers. They hope to acquire a further Hobie 16 and these will then become available for Match Racing also. They have a nice reach, upwind, downwind course that takes about 15 minutes to sail. On the beach, while all this is going on, they set up a BBQ for all to bring their own food and drink. It is a fun social afternoon with plenty to watch and giggle over!
A nominal fee is charged for these sessions and the proceeds of the JHYC Dinghy Sailing go to the Youth Sailing Program that offers free dinghy sailing instruction to local Antiguan children between the ages of 8 and 18.
JHYC gratefully acknowledges the help and support of many individuals and Antiguan companies, but, particularly Anjo Insurance, A & F Sails, The Foredeck Bar, Sugar Ridge Developments and Signpro.
To avoid disappointment it will be necessary to “book a boat” with Pippa Pettingell at 722-8468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Come, join in and enjoy!
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