Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Region 1 Training Session Report - Drew Buttner

The first training session of the season was held on May 2-3 in Stonington, CT. Although the water was still chilly, the air temps were very nice and the sun was shinning brightly. Sailing out of the New England Science and Sailing (NESS) facility, two great days were had with winds topping out at 16 knots during the expected afternoon sea breeze. Focus for the weekend was boat handling with many tacks and jibes, followed by many more tacks and jibes. Rust was flying off of every boat and by the end of the session, everyone had found their groove and the sailing started looking like 5o5 sailing.

After sailing on Saturday, Heather Zagol put on an amazing dinner with burgers, dogs, homemade mac and cheese, grilled broccolini, and homemade brownies to top things off. AMAZING!

Many thanks to NESS and to Mark Zagol for making it happen and to all the boats that made the trip.

Session #2 is in two weekends. Unfortunately, the original plan for Saunderstown had to be scratched. Not exactly sure where the launching will be out of, but people are going sailing in the area that weekend. An update will come out soon.

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