BIFFA Training Day at Datchet Water SC
Jeremy Davy – our class President and erstwhile UK National Coach – came to Datchet Water on the first Saturday in October to put 5 Flying Fifteen crews through their paces. The wind was light which allowed us to practice our ‘sub-powered’ sailing skills. The day was structured as 2 ‘on the water’ sessions sandwiched between 3 classroom sessions.
We started by listing all this things we wanted to work on collectively (pretty much everything!) and Jeremy gave us the low down on starting tactics before we went out for a series of very short races. Jeremy gave us real time advice on starting, boat trim, tacking, hoisting and gybing from a RIB with Emma Bunting capturing the advice and impact on video.
We reviewed the video footage over lunch (we shall try to get these examples online soon) and shared our learnings before going out for a significantly improved sail in the afternoon (sadly the video memory card was full so you’ll have to take my word for that)
We ended the day with a recap of what we had learned on the ‘areas for improvement’ identified at the start of the day (see the whiteboard in the photo) and everyone went away buzzing with enthusiasm to put their new found skills into practice.
The format of the day worked very well and I would heartily recommend any club to take up the offer of training if Simon Kneller knocks on your door.
Many thanks to Jeremy – and to Simon for setting up the day in the first place.
(Datchet Water FF Fleet Captain)