Becky & Jim – Returning to sailing
On one sunny summer afternoon six years ago, we stumbled into the sailing club and as luck would have it, bumped into an old friend, Reuben Woodbridge. Reuben grasped the nettle and showed us round- the convivial, friendly nature of the club was plain to see. So, we joined, albeit with a little apprehension. Jim was just fifty, Becky of an undisclosed, but younger, age! Becky has spent a lot of her life sailing, Jim less so but neither of us has sailed for a few years to any extent. The club boats combined with the help of friendly members got us on the water.
A big question was what if we capsize? We surely did! -but all was fine with a rescue helm on hand. Jim embarked on an RYA course over three weekends. This was phenomenally good value for money which with banter and top-notch instruction improved his confidence no end. The Thursday evening improvers session and Saturday sailing got us in the groove. After a couple of seasons we bought our own boat- a Laser 2000 – great for a family which our teenage daughter Phoebe essentially learnt to sail in along with the club toppers (which are available on demand). The Laser comes up easy after a capsize – always an important factor for us “returners”! Galvanised by our experience we’ve now changed our Laser for a Wayfarer and are hoping to eventually start racing and to sail on seaside holidays. Also, we took the opportunity of doing the club-run, two-day Power Boat 2 training (again enormously great value for money) and both enjoy doing rescue boat cover. What we really like is the friendly, everyone “mucks-in” ethos of the club. The occasional Duty officer days are usually a relaxed “camaraderie” occasion and provide the opportunity to get to know other members. We both have demanding full time jobs and time is always a big factor -life is so busy! Sometimes we just go the club to chill out. There’s no better place to be on a fine summer afternoon – and to take family and friends for a picnic.