Click on the link below to see some video taken on Saturday at Aldeburgh.
Comments as follows:
1. Opens with some nice hiking by Ben.
2. Second section is taken from above the windward mark - the tide is running towards the camera. Note the boats on the right of shot all overstanding the layline and having to bear away to get around the mark. You must think about tide and its effect on judging laylines to the windward mark.
3. Third section shows Tim in 745 and Will in 2440 running downwind. Will is showing nice heel to windward and is trimming the sail with the gusts. If you look carefully towards the end of the section you can see Will is on his knees with his feet on the side deck and effectively sitting on his heels. This gives him good purchase and can move his body freely whilst trimming the sail and steering the boat. Not for everyone but excellent balance in the boat - probably best to try this in flatter water with less wind to start with! Tim showing good technique to cover Will's air going downwind. Whilst relatively stable, sitting in the middle of the boat like this means you can't get back any further as the tiller is in your back so you will plough any big waves and risk nose diving. Good reverse flow on the tell tales on both boats though.
4. The final section shows some cross wind reaching in waves. Note Caitie in 2772 and how far back she is sitting - right up against the rope handles at the back of the boat. This is an excellent way to get through short chop and waves and will even work sailing deeper downwind angles.
Well done to all as the waves in this section of the river are very tough to deal with.
Apologies for the choice of music - it wasn't me!
With more people joining the Group I have updated my notes on Tera Tweaks and upgrades. See below.
Any questions just ask as a demonstration on a boat which can be far easier to understand.
Hope this is useful.
Mike Taylor has created this check list spread sheet - The highlights are - Parents are responsible for the bits in grey - the logistics, but you as the sailor are responsible for the boat and the seamanship.
Make sure you know what to expect weather wise, that you have the right kit (remember it is getting warmer and sunnier, nothing ruins a Sunday's sailing more than getting too sun-burnt on the Saturday) and that your boat is ready for all eventualities.
Please download the spreadsheet and print it off and keep it with your sailing log book or somewhere were you can check it before you set off..
You also need an 8m long painter tied to the front of the boat ready for towing. This can be tidied up with a french plait know as long as it is quick release and readily usable.
Having read the Sailing Instructions for the Worlds, Craig has pointed out that you need a whistle attached to your bouyancy aid
For those going to the Worlds don't forget that even though the event is held in the UK it is an international event and you will need GBR's on your sail. Teras use small sail numbers so you only need the 230mm size not the full size 300mm size. The most cost effective place I have found to order them is rooster sailing.
Make sure you check your boats over THIS week well ahead of your departure. In checking the boats we are taking I found a rudder cleat with a loose rivet and also a tiller extension UJ that was cracked half way through and which probably wouldn't have survived the week.
Good luck and I look forward to seeing you down in Weymouth. We will arrive late which is NOT the ideal preparation having come hot foot from the Feva Worlds in Italy. I trust you guys will have a better preparation.
For those that have dry bags that you want to put in the coaching rib - I would strongly recommend you all do! Please can you decorate or make them unique in some way as they are all generally black so it is hard to find the correct bag with a dozen or swimming in the bottom of a rib if they are all the same and you all finish a race together. Having your sail number prominent is a good idea........ oh and coaches rules.......those in national squad will know this......... once the start gun goes for the start of the last race of the day then dry bags are fair game for coaches to raid! I really like gooey flapjack ...... not sure of Craig's preferences but I am sure you can find out.
Don't forget to check the weather before events so you can be prepared -
Dry suit, wet suit or just hikers and t Shirt?
Sun hat and dark glasses?
Suntan lotion? remember many a second day sailing in summer is ruined because of sunburn!
Drinks - what type and how many?
Light wind head or heavy air focus?
All these things are down to you to sort out. We have tried to make it easy for you by setting up a weather page for weather at a glance or links to wind guru and Xc weather - Click this button
Below is a link to the video of Will doing reverse flow. Spot the tell tails flowing the wrong way - towards the mast in the second part of the video. Also notice his position in the boat and the way he is holding the tiller extension. This is quite hard to master so start in light airs and build up to doing it in more breeze. It is worth the effort as it is super quick. Some extra tell tails in the middle of the sail can help you see the flow reverse more easily. As you can see Will has one at half height and Best of luck. Mike
We are very pleased that Mike Taylor and Hobie Wright from Alton Water and Craig Bond from Brightlingsea are keen to help the Eastern Tera sailors develop and grow with this rapidly growing and very popular national class. The boat is a natural feeder class for the Laser and the Feva and the development of sailing in the UK is heavily dependent on youngsters enjoying their boat and their racing.