Transition Squad – Registration This Saturday 22 April

We are delighted to confirm that the Transition Squad will once again be operating for the 2017 season and that main registration for this year’s sessions will take place this coming Saturday 22 April at 10am.  The sessions typically take place on a Saturday morning from 10am for around two hours, and are designed to help cadets who have already learnt the sailing basics, but now want to gain experience and develop their racing skills.

A typical Transition Squad session starts ashore in the Training/Cadet Room (ground floor at the rear of the club beyond the bar) where everyone is briefed on the plans and objectives for the day.  Those that need it can be given assistance to rig their boats and get afloat.  And then it’s all out onto the water to work on exercises and race practise in the creek. Finally its back ashore for a debrief to talk about what’s been achieved.  Our amazing Cadet Captain Graham Eeles and his team start with the basics of boat handling, manoeuvres, trimming, tactics, tide, etc, and then encouraging each individual to progress at their own pace.

As they gain confidence, Transition Squad members are encouraged to take part in club races (we have special cadet courses which keep them closer to the club) and we hope that all those in the Squad will also take part in BSC’s Youth Regatta from 2-4 August, and Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week from 5-12 August.

As well as seeking out participants for the Transition Squad sessions we are also always on the lookout for volunteers who would be willing to help out.  From making sure the boats are rigged and helping with launching and recovery, to manning a rescue boat or being an extra pair of hands in the galley when they all come ashore starving hungry, we have plenty of jobs to do so please shout if you can spare a few hours.

All cadets taking part in the Transition Squad sessions must bring a parent or guardian with them to initial registration to complete necessary paperwork.  If you aren’t able to attend this Saturday, but do want your children to take part please email Graham on graham.eeles@btinternet.com to advise him of your interest and let him know when you anticipate being able to join the sessions.

The dates for this year’s Transition Squad sessions are:

Saturday 22 April

Saturday 13 May

Sunday 28 May – Regatta Weekend Special Demo Sail

Saturday 10 June

Saturday 24 June

Saturday 8 July

Saturday 22 July

Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 August – BSC Youth Regatta

Saturday 2 September

Saturday 23 September

Saturday 21 October

Please let us know if the cadet(s) in your life would like to get involved.

Contact Graham Eeles on graham.eeles@btinternet.com

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