The best Race Academy day on the water….ever!!

Today has been fantastic, the Race Academy group have enjoyed what is probably the best day on the water we’ve had so far. Plenty of breeze, sunshine and bold sailors, who have spent a day learning all about hiking, planing, reaching, heavy airs sailing and all of it with a few swims and plenty of smiles.

Huge thanks to the coaching team Ffinlo Wright, Ealish Green and Ben Batchelor for delivering an excellent and very successful day on the water in the very challenging conditions. Top job all round!

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5,4,1….. Race Academy…. Go!!!

Our Race Academy sessions start this weekend. They are perfect for youngsters who have completed RYA Stage 3 and are looking to take the next, exciting step into the competitive side of sailing.

The weekends consist of some top level race coaching, plenty of on the water sessions looking at boat-handling, tactics, strategy and sailing fast.  Competitive sailing is great fun and through these weekends we aim to equip sailors with all the skills and knowledge they need to get out racing at our local Clubs.

You can book online here  The weekend fee is £140 per person, including VAT, weekends can be booked individually online.

Or book all four weekends and save £160!!  Please email us directly to book all four weekends at a fee of £400.  Offer only valid until Friday 10 May, so hurry hurry hurry!

Full details and dates for 2019 are on our website here

Last year we even had a basking shark on the start line!!!

Saturday Sessions are go!

Saturday Sailing for Juniors is on this weekend ?

Briefing is at 10.30am please be in kit and ready to go by 10.30.

Saturday Sessions are all about having fun, improving techniques and practising skills taught in the RYA scheme. Youngsters can enjoy their favourite games, cruises round the bay, catching up with friends and all the usual excitement while becoming independent and confident sailors in a range of weather conditions.

Cost: £25 per person per session, we supply boats, wetsuits and buoyancy aids.

Please drop us a line to let us know you’re coming, or turn up in the morning….

Youth Sailing Week #2

Youth Sailing Week #2: Yet another superb week of sailing, sunshine, breeze and a group of keen, attentive, good sailors.

Our home-grown 7th Wave Instructing team have done a great job over the last fortnight and delivered some quality courses. Alex Daniel Nathan Pickles and Tim Chan all starting their sailing careers at 7th Wave some 10 years ago, now here they are running the show.

Also on the water, the amazing Luke Crowe who showed up here for work experience two years ago and never left. Since then he’s become a Dinghy Instructor and last week qualified as a Powerboat Instructor, oh yes, he was also the Manx Yachting Association’s Young Sailor of the Year award at the end of 2018.

We are proud of them all, and looking forward to what, with this crew, promises to be an excellent summer of Youth Sailing Weeks.

Next available week is TT Practice Week and then from 1st July onwards…

Powerboat Instructor Course 2019

As well as a Youth Sailing Week this week, we’ve also got RYA Powerboat Trainer Tom Pedersen here running an RYA Powerboat Instructor course.

Five candidates are currently out on the water for the final day of the course. They enjoyed some great conditions here, sunshine and a strong easterly giving flat water but some interesting wind shifts in the gusts. THe sun is shining and everyone is wrapped up warm.

Also joining us today is RYA Powerboat Trainer Paul Magee from Ireland, he is here to moderate the course and hopefully sign off five new instructors in a few hours time.

As an aside, the sailing world is very small. Fifteen years ago Jen and Tom studied on the same Maritime Leisure Management course at Solent University. Since then their paths have crossed through the RNLI where Tom was a Trainer at the RNLI College Poole and then on the coast and now here he is at 7th Wave for a few days!

And…. we’ve a new addition to the powerboat fleet too in the form of a 4m Ribeye RIB!

And we’re back for 2019

Well, that is the first week of the 2019 season under our belts, and what a great week it has been.

Jen landed on back on the island last Thursday morning after a winter working at Horizon Yacht Charters in the British Virgin Islands. After a quick cuppa at home we were straight to the shed to start getting ready for our first courses of the season.

We are grateful to our wonderful team, Tim Chan and Nathan Pickles did a super job on the boat park getting all the dinghies ready. Juan, Jason and my Dad lending a hand at the shed to get all the vehicles going again. And Mum for flying through the shop like a cleaning tornado!

Three days later we are on the water with our first Youth Sailing Week of 2019. Instructors Tim, Nathan and Luke Crowe ran a superb Seamanship Course for our Assistant Instructor candidates and a fabulous Stage 2 week for our younger sailors.

Port Erin delivered us sunshine, flat water and some great sailing conditions in the easterly breeze. We are feeling truly blessed this week.

Thank you team and thank you sailors – you have been awesome. Here’s hoping the season continues like this.

Let’s go sailing! 2019

Luke Crowe is the MYA Young Sailor of the Year 2018

The BT Challenge Trophy for the Young Sailor of the Year is presented by the Manx Yachting Association. This year the trophy has been awarded to Luke Crowe(age 17). He was nominated by the Manx Sailing & Cruising Club in recognition of his achievements in 2018.

Luke started training at the MS&CC in dinghies. This year he has qualified as an RYA Dinghy Instructor and been a great help to the Club.

He sailed with Jerry Coleman on the Sigma 33 Sea Pie de Cultra, doing a couple of Round the Island races and West Highland Week where they finished 2nd in class. Jerry says “Luke is great to have on board your boat as he doesn’t come to tell you something is broken, rather he says I found this broken and have fixed it”.

Luke is competing at Injebreck in a Laser this winter and is committed to volunteering at MS&CC next season to help with junior training.

In July 2017 Luke appeared at 7th Wave as a work experience student from Ramsey Grammar School. It should have been a two week placement, but he stayed for the whole summer volunteering with us. We were so happy to give him a job this year. He’s now a core member of our team, the guy that never lets you down and the first to volunteer at short notice. He travels down to us on the bus as he hasn’t passed his driving test yet. An average bus ride of 4 hours a day – true dedication to the cause! Naturally we fully endorsed the nomination from MS&CC.

Congratulations Luke, an all round top man, I was delighted to present the trophy to him at Injebreck on Boxing Day. A wonderful way to round off an amazing 2018 sailing season.

That’s all folks….

That’s all folks….. With plenty of wind forecast for this week we’ve taken our boats out of the harbour, masts down and tied everything on to something solid!

Ellis leads Silver fleet, Dunn 9th in Gold fleet

Teddy Dunn is still in the top 10 of the Gold Fleet at the RS Tera Worlds, with just one day of racing to go. He’s currently in 9th place overall. What a superb effort from the 13 year old, who has been training with the Manx Youth Sailing Squad for three years now.

Nickolas Ellis is still leading the Silver fleet at the RS Tera World Championship. Since the fleet has been split, the 11 year old has sailed a really consistent series, with all results (except the discard) in the top seven.

Archie Dunn also qualified for the Silver fleet. Last season this youngster was sailing in the Regatta fleet, with an average entry of around a dozen boats. He is now mixing it up with the big boys. He got a great mention on the RS Tera Live Videos, there we all were having lunch and Archie sailed by on the TV  He’s certainly holding his own and should be really proud of his efforts, he is lying 20th at the moment.

Oscar Jackson is our only sailor in the Pro fleet. It is a huge jump from Sport to Pro and Oscar has not had much Pro time compared to many sailors in that fleet. We have seen improvement in every race, Oscar is now hanging on to the middle of the fleet, with results going up 20 places on average. He is now up to 53rd overall and I know he will be learning more and more with each race.

There is just one more day of racing tomorrow, so far these youngsters have sailed twelve races this week!

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