Youth sailing returns to Lyme Regis following lockdown

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Josh Connelly, left, and Tom Rawlings take charge of their brand new ILCA boats, complete with sails, foils and all accessories

YOUTH sailing has returned to Lyme Regis with the first Tuesday evening training session of the year held this week. 

Thirteen striped sails were seen in the bay as enthusiastic youth members of Lyme Regis Sailing Club refreshed their basic skills.

Each intermediate was buddied with a more experienced youth sailor and confidence quickly returned.

Jim Thomas led the session, with assistance from Simon Law, plus a team of volunteers on shore.

The air and sea temperatures are still rather cold, but wind and sea conditions were ideal, and a very successful sail set the foundation for future weeks.

A beginners’ group will be added when restrictions are lifted further to allow closer physical contact while sailing.

Following the training, Lyme sailor Chris Turner, MD of Ovinton Boats, handed over ILCA boats to two promising youths who train regularly with Jerry Rook at the club.

Chris has launched an initiative aimed to give experience of ILCA sailing to young hopefuls before they commit to the outlay on a dinghy of their own, which not all families can afford.

These are a step up from the Picos used for training. Chris will be on hand to advise on the latest rigging and sailing techniques when he’s based at home in Uplyme, and the club has several experienced ILCA sailors to support Josh and Tom, pictured above.

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