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Newcomers get a taste of sailing at Pentland Firth Yacht Club


By Staff Reporter- NOSN


Sunday saw Pentland Firth Yacht Club open its doors to potential new sailors in Caithness to try sailing in May as part of the RYA’s Push the Boat Out month.

Six people had reserved places for the half-day sailing session based on the yacht club’s Scrabster clubhouse.

The weather had decided to be kind with a gentle northerly breeze with sunshine and clear blue water. The club decided that the ideal boats for the event were the Enterprise dinghies which the club had obtained over the past two years – these boats had originally been sailed in the club during the 1970s and had been restored to full operational use after a prolonged period in storage.

The two Enterprise dinghies, each with a newcomer and experienced sailor on board.
The two Enterprise dinghies, each with a newcomer and experienced sailor on board.

Each newcomer took to the water with an experienced sailor. But the conditions were ideal and soon after setting out the new sailors were steering and making all the key manoeuvres that form part of getting the boat from one point to another.

The club is planning a beginners' dinghy sailing training course in June and many of those who tried out the sport were keen to sign up for this. For more information on learning to sail, contact pentlandfirthyc@gmail.com.



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