Please select your home edition
T Clewring One Design

Second annual Wangi Sabot Development Camp a huge success

by Paul Summerell on 14 Mar 2012
Wangi Sabot Development Camp Paul Summerell
It was a bright and sunny Saturday morning after a week of pouring rain and generally miserable weather. There were no complaints about rigging on the soggy grass though. Bare feet and mud between the toes set a fun and casual tone, as over sixty junior sailors of all abilities arrived for the Second Annual Wang Sabot Camp.

There was little wind for the morning coaching session so the sailors took the chance to be kids and enjoyed the waters of West Lake Macquarie (NSW), tipping over and swimming, while the team of coaches and volunteer helpers looked on.

It was hot dogs and soft drinks for lunch with lots of running around, exploring on the Wangi foreshore and jumping off the RSL jetty.

A breeze filled in for the afternoon session and the capsizing continued with a few beginner sailors caught off guard by the occasional gust of wind. For those that wanted, there was racing with the coaches offering advice and tips on the way around.

The fantastic Wangi volunteers prepared Dinner on Saturday night with sausages, steak, marinated chicken breasts and plenty of salads. Over 150 people ate under a full moon and the catering was almost perfect. Only a few emergency snags needed cooking to fill all the orders.

The Mums and Dads left for the night and the juniors settled in for an evening of movies and chatter. Lights out at eleven O’clock and light snoring replaced the whispers and giggles by about two O’clock.

After a breakfast of bacon and egg rolls, the Wangi committee boats were put to good use towing the happy campers around on tubes. There was a brief morning coaching session, but with little to no wind, the kids soon reverted to running, jetty jumping and swimming.

In the afternoon, the Sabot sailors were encouraged to participate in the Lake Mack Youth Regatta. A number of juniors instead chose to stay with the coaches and gained some valuable sailing time on the water.

A de-briefing by the team of coaches followed by the Youth Regatta presentation wrapped up the Sabot camp weekend. Boats, camping gear and tired children were then bundled into cars for the journey home. No doubt, many of the sailors went to bed early and dreamt of future sailing success.

Because as we all know; Sailing success stories begin in Sabots.

Colligo Marine 660x82Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

The Countdown on to the 33rd Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race
In 100 days you could be sailing out of Biscayne Bay and heading out towards the Gulf Stream with the competitors' fleet Have you planned your 2017 Winter Escape yet? In just 100 days, you could be sailing out of Biscayne Bay and heading out towards the Gulf Stream with the fleet of competitors in the 33rd edition
Posted today at 12:53 pm
Star Sailors League Finals– Match Racer Eric Monnin among 25 finalists
Eric Monin learned sailing at the age of six on a Surprise yacht, similar to a J24, and by the age of eight was racing. Eric Monin (SUI) learned sailing at the age of six on a Surprise yacht, similar to a J24, and by the age of eight was racing. He has participated in many regattas with his father and/or two brothers. He has a PhD in physics and works as an engineer when he isn’t sailing, however, his focus for the past decade has been on match racing.
Posted today at 11:03 am
Top Chinese solo sailor missing on record attempt to cross Pacific
Top Chinese solo sailor Guo Chuan has gone missing while trying to break the record for crossing the Pacific alone The first Chinese sailor to sail single handed around the world alone, Guo Chuan has gone missing while trying to break the record for crossing the Pacific alone. He was a few days into a voyage from San Francisco to Shanghai sailing alone on a large transoceanic trimaran.
Posted today at 10:35 am
Bo Petersen stays at the top of the OK Dinghy World Ranking list
Both Petersen and second placed Thomas Hansson-Mild join a select group of sailors who have collected over 1000 points. Current European Champion Bo Petersen (DEN) not only stays at the top of the October 2017 release of the OK Dinghy World Ranking list, but has also amassed the highest points score of any sailor in the 11 years the list has been running.
Posted today at 10:33 am
Exit interview with Josh Adams, US Sailing's Olympic boss, part one
I caught up with Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing at US Sailing, for a two-part job-exit interview. While the USA is a historically strong sailing nation, the team suffered a medal-ceremony shutout at the London 2012 Olympics. A planned leadership change transpired and Josh Adams was named Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. Unfortunately, the job requires constant travel, which doesn’t mix with raising kids and Adams recently resigned. I talked with him for a two-part job-exit interview.
Posted on 26 Oct
Vendée Globe – Master of the School of Hard Knocks
Jérémie Beyou ranks as one of the favourites to win this eighth edition. His two last attempts ended in early abandons. Triumphant in the summer's warm up New York – Vendée Transatlantic Race and three times winner of La Solitaire du Figaro, the incredibly competitive solo one design classic stage offshore race which is sailed each summer in 32-foot one design Bénéteau Figaro 2s, Jérémie Beyou on Maître CoQ ranks as one of the favourites to win this eighth edition
Posted on 26 Oct
Rolex Middle Sea Race – Overall winner announced
The Royal Malta Yacht Club announced that Vincenzo Onorato's Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino is the overall winner This race crew was a mix of Italians and British sailors who have raced all over the world under the Mascalzone Latino banner and with great success.
Posted on 26 Oct
The Gitana Team Series – Awakening the senses – Smell
This week, Sébastien Josse has left the Vendée to hook up with his Breton way of life, at home, not far from Lorient. It is just eleven days until the start of the eighth Vendée Globe. In Port Olona, the public is out in force, the village and the pontoons are always full and the pressure mounts a little more each day for the twenty-nine solo sailors, who will set sail on 6 November 2016.
Posted on 26 Oct
Melges 24 World Championship in Miami – 30 days to go
This championship is anticipated to be the most crowded event of the international one-design sailing scene this year. With the day of the first start quickly approaching, the organizing machine is working in full swing: for an event of such importance, everything from race management to the on-shore activities must be organized down to the smallest detail.
Posted on 26 Oct
Rolex Middle Sea Race – Will they, won't they?
Tension was heightened as the door opened by Rambler 88’s finish in the early hours was widened further by more arrivals It was a trickle of finishers rather than a flood, but there was drama all the same, where the battle to secure class wins and post a claim to the overall title raged throughout the day. With the forecast suggesting a period of fading breeze on the course area, the race pendulum was swinging in favour of the bigger, faster yachts. The incentive to keep pushing to the finish was evident.
Posted on 26 Oct