Updated: Sep 11
The most popular sailing dinghy in Cardiff Bay has a good number of enthusiastic sailors who are keen to grow their experience and develop their knowledge as a group. Last week saw the sailors carefully setting each of their boats up to Class Specifications under the watchful eye of 2K veterans Helen and Andrew Phillips.
This weekend a keen group of 17 sailors took to the water under the training eye of Simon Horsefield, the official Training Co-ordinator of the 2000 Class Association. All class boats in South Wales were invited to this event run in partnership with RYA Cymru Wales and a wide range of experience levels attended the event.
The morning saw a gentle south easterly breeze which lent itself to some light wind tactics and boat set up. Simon kicked off promptly at 9:30am and soon had crews chasing after one another on a short, windward leeward course on the barrage side, near the 'white sails', resulting in constant changes to the leader and some healthy competition.
By lunchtime temperatures peaked at a balmy 20 degrees and the wind speed rose over 10 knots, ideal conditions for a battle to hold on a tight start line. Needless to say the close quarters led to a few close shaves and some polishing of gel coats may now be required in the dinghy park...
After a long day afloat, despite a tiring day, there were smiles all round at the debrief and our sincere thanks go to the CBYC 2000 Fleet Captain, Simon Horsefield, RYA Cymru Wales and the 2000 Class Association. Club Racing will be all the more exciting now that the 2K fleet are ready to apply their skills and hold position on the start line!
We can't wait!