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Sail Experience 2020

Joseph Conrad once famously said "There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting and enslaving than the life at sea". It was a sentiment passionately felt by ten eager junior sailors in July 2020. They emerged onto the boat slip in Clontarf on July 13th, still stunned from a world changed by a global pandemic that meant they had had to retreat from school, activities, and general messing around with their friends for the previous four months.



Navigating the bay

Thankfully, the enforced withdrawal only fired their enthusiasm and they had two memorable weeks of sailing and training. Sailing conditions weren't always ideal and our young cadets learned quickly to read a tell-tale and trim their sails accordingly! Indeed, some amongst them went from shivering on the slip, cowering from the wind to leading the charge in a race a few days later! Huge credit was due to the Junior Committee and parents for getting the course up and running in record time after a very uncertain start due to the pandemic, doubt around restrictions being lifted in time and very curtailed space in the boatyard as the cruisers and eboats stayed on dry land for 2020.

The 2020 season continued well into August and September with a series of coaching sessions hosted by our very own IDRA 14 Class. Even our youngest Cadets, experienced big seas and a Big Spinaker, including hanging out on the Trapeze!!! That was one of the highlights of the year.

The Cadets finished off with a series of races which were well contested in two Fleets. So, a quiet word to the rest of the CY&BC Racing Fleets, "Watch your back, they're coming".

We are looking forward to a bigger and even better course in 2021 which will run for the first two weeks in July. The must-have requisites are that you have full membership of CYBC and that your child can swim 50 metres. We will be posting up more precise details at the end of February, together with an application form which you will be able to download here.

So, in the words of Captain Jack Sparrow "Now..bring me that horizon!"












Last updated 17:31 on 9 February 2021

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