There are huge opportunities for young people who are interested in joining us on the water in Holyhead.
Our Thursday night cadets group now welcomes up to 15 young people each week. Their skills vary from beginner to advanced intermediates. They sail Toppers and Fevas and we are hoping to offer them Powerboat courses next year too. This year, some of the more experienced youngsters added another string to their bow when our instructor Dwynwen invited them to train as Assistant Instructors. Now the older cadets are responsible for land drills with the younger members; they assist and train the students in rigging and launching the boats and also offer one to one support to the children while they’re out on the water. This has proved a great all round confidence builder and it’s a scheme we intend to expand on in the future. Progression is important. We’re aware that not all sailors want to compete although there are plenty of opportunities should they wish to do so.
It’s been a struggle sometimes to provide instructor cover and we are indebted to Dwynwen, Jess, Ollie and Henry for their ongoing commitment to the children and to the club. They’re all brilliant instructors and an asset to HSC.
We must say a big thank you to Jim Paton and Conor Elwin who also trained as AI’s this year. They’ve provided great back up support on Thursday evenings along with our Sailing School Principal Paul Sutton. The club couldn’t run without the support and expertise of people like them.
Over the Winter we’re hoping to offer some Saturday sessions should the weather allow and with attempts to revive the Laser fleet there’s no reason why more competent cadets can’t join in there.
Please get in touch if you know anyone who would like to join us next year.
If you’d like to help as a volunteer with the cadets, we’d love to hear from you too.
Similarly if you’re a dinghy sailor looking to qualify as instructor or AI please get in touch.