The end of the year saw its annual summer visit to the UK Sailing Academy (UKSA) on the Isle of Wight, with many enthusiastic participants. As well as experienced sailors who have achieved their level three and four qualifications and beyond, and have been coming on this trip for quite a few years, there were also many Year 7s who were trying sailing for the first time.

The regatta

The main activity for the week was dinghy sailing, in a variety of boats. We sailed variously in pairs, threes and single-handedly, either practicing our skills in sail setting, course setting and reading the wind, or developing these skills for the first time. We also had a full day trip out in keel boats, lunching on the boats, learning how to work the jib and how to detect incoming gusts by the patterns on the water.

One group one day even set out on an expedition to try and reach the coast of England (and they insist that they made it there). On the final day all the groups joined together for a regatta, in which Max Eggleton in Year 7 acquitted himself well as a repeated champion.

Aww yeah
Happy chappie
Dry capsize
Helping hand

After a full on day of sailing were a variety of evening activities. These included a visit to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) station to learn about the good, brave work they do there, raft building, kayaking, crabbing and pool games. As well as this was a lovely walk to the Needles with some stunning views, and beach games where Mr Burn got very disoriented whilst fully committing himself to the dizzy sticks relay.

I would like to thank DCGS staff and UKSA instructors for making this visit highly successful and enjoyable.

A kayak made for two
Expert construction
Across the Needles
Here we are