Waterford Harbour Sailing Club ran a very successful Women on the Water event on Thursday 7th August as part of ISA initiative. Leaving it till the last minute made sure they had perfect weather conditions and a total of 14 ladies on four cruisers.
Skippers Shane Statham, Gary Curran, Robert Marchant and David Marchant, along with their crew, assured the ladies of a fun and comfortable afternoon sailing.
Everybody met at 2pm in the sailing club for a briefing, introduction and fitting of life jackets. Much fun and laughter was heard during the transfer by ribs and inelegant hoisting and climbing onto yachts.
Flat water, blue skies and pleasant south west wind gave a lovely reach over and back to the Hook Lighthouse and Loftus Hall. Most of the ladies got to helm, handled tacking and folding of sails etc. and two boats managed to get spinnakers up for a time.
Glasses of wine with plates of cheese and tapas were enjoyed afterwards with goody bags sponsored by BUFF given out for a fun quiz. Members also were on hand to explain membership opportunities and courses for children. This was a free event, though a total €120 euro was raised on the day for Pink Ribbon, Action Breast Cancer.
A fantastic afternoon was had by all and many have signed up for sail training with Gary Curran of South Coast Sailing to improve their skills. Waterford Harbour Sailing Club
welcome these new sailors onto cruisers for Thursday and Sunday racing when they are ready for the challenge.