Sailing (by Duy)
This week I went to Sport Camp, wich is run by the amazing Jubilee Sports centre staffs!
So, every day it started of with a register (…Oh, I’ve forgot to tell you, we were at the sports hall) and someone would tell you what we’re going to do that day. The we got onto a huge double decker bus wich takes us to the water sport centre. Whoops! I forgot to mention that we’re going to sail all week, sorry! We first got taught how to rigg the boat and all the complicated names of the pieces like: main sail, main sheet, dagger board housing, daggerboard, kicker, tiller, rudder, tiller extension, boom, hull, strap and mast.
Then we did some drills on tacks and things like that. Next we got dressed into our wet stuffs and did some fun capsize drill. After that we had lunch and got the boats out. We got towed out into the river Itchen and we sailed there. I really enjoyed it, especially the capsizing. On the last capsize I did a very difficult way to de-capsize the boat called a “Dry capsize” which is when you don’t jump into the water so you don’t get wet. This is how it works: when it starts to tip you have to run to the side wich is out of the water and sit on it with each leg on a different side and then you shift your weight on to the dagger board side to turn the boat back over. Then we got towed back by a power boat and undressed, had a shower, caught the bus and got collected by our parents at the sports centre.