I woke on Monday morning to the sound, of rain and thought ‘here goes, youth week is going to be like it has been for the rest of the summer’, but thankfully the forecast was right and after the wet start it dried up, to be a brilliant week (the sun dances I had asked all the helpers to do must have worked)
After several months of organising volunteers to help in the galley, tuck shop, drive ribs, fix boats and bring a team of instructors and assistant instructors together to RYA ratios of instructors to children, checking the clubs ribs were all going to be ok and borrow members rib and tender, bring in toppers from Loch earn so we had enough dinghy’s for everybody. It was now 9am on Monday morning for instructors / helpers briefing and youth week 2012 had started.
This year we had 55 children taking part from age 7 – 18. The children were taking Beginner courses through to Day Sailing courses. Monday morning saw us all inside with children starting to go through the theory parts of their courses, from parts of boats and knots to reading charts. After lunch when the sun decided to make an appearance we had all the children on the water for afternoon sailing.
Tuesday was a fantastic day with the children out on the water most of the day and the sun shinning with light wind in morning and an increasing sea breeze in the afternoon. Wednesday was our pirate day, flags being made by children with a pirate / Olympic theme. The day also included a pirate lunch with black jack soup, skull & crossbones stew and a palm tree adventure in Nova!!!
Thursday was a day trip away for the seamanship and day sailing course, to Inchcolm for a picnic lunch all planned by the day sailing group (the palm tree making another adventure on Nova). Back at the club the other groups were again all out on the water enjoying light winds and the children all enjoying time on the water and capsizing. In the evening we had a barbecue for the instructors and helpers chance for us all to sit down and have a chat.
Friday again the weather was great for us with light winds so the children were all straight out on the water to finish off some parts of their courses. Instructors throughout the day had to be onshore to sign certificates and log books. After lunch it was fun time and all the children in their groups had fun on the water. After all the boats were packed away we had prize giving for all the youths taking part in the week.
This year youth week was very lucky to have sponsorship. Thankyou’s go to Alexander Thomson Plumbing and Heating for providing our water bottles, they were a great success, Asda who provided us with fruit which was enjoyed by everybody and Dan Greenall for the fantastic photos from the week, please have a look at them if you have not already.
We had another fantastic week and I would like to THANK everyone involved in making youth week happen. Every year I’m always amazed at how our club comes together and the help and support I receive to make the week possible. This has been a hard year for the club and it’s great to see members still supporting the club and the youths enjoying the sport so much, which is what it is all about.