Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

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.





NaiadWildwind 2016 660x82Barz Optics - Floaters

Related Articles

New boats and old favourites prepare for BVI Spring Regatta
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2017 is pleased to welcome C&C 30 Sportboat/Gunboat fleets to this year's event Always offering up something new and different, the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2017 is pleased to welcome the C&C 30 Sportboat and Gunboat fleets to this year's event which kicks off on Monday with registration at noon and opening party at 6pm.
Posted today at 3:07 am
O'pen BIC brings X-Games to youth sailing
Eighty O’pen BICs participated in the North Americans hosted by Sarasota Youth Sailing, March 17-19. Eighty O’pen BICs participated in the North Americans hosted by Sarasota Youth Sailing, March 17-19. Beautiful conditions allowed the completion of 14 races and the O’pen BIC Freestyle Challenge with 32 teams.
Posted on 26 Mar
Australian National Championship – Team Beau Geste comes out on top
There was a great crew, including long time friend and teammate at Oracle and Artemis, David Brooke Gavin Brady, who runs the Beau Geste Team, invite me to be the helmsman for two series down here in Oz. Gavin and I sailed together on AmericaOne in the 2000 America’s Cup and again on Money Penny in 2008.
Posted on 26 Mar
St. Thomas International Regatta 2017 - Day 2
Six to eight foot seas off island's east end, gusts blowing to 20 to 25 knots and mix of rain and sun all added to fun. The St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) proved its reputation as the 'Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing' by superbly delivering on its signature mix of round the rocks and round the buoy courses on the event's second day of competition. What's more, six to eight foot seas off the island's east end, gusts blowing to 20 to 25 knots and a mix of rain and sun all added to the fun.
Posted on 26 Mar
St. Thomas International Regatta - Day 2 action-shots by Dean Barnes
Dean Barnes was on water at St. Thomas International Regatta 2017 and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action. Photographer Dean Barnes was on water at St. Thomas International Regatta 2017 and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.
Posted on 26 Mar
St. Thomas International Regatta – Day 1 – Wind was the word
Competitors in the Large Offshore Multihull Class especially reveled in the afternoon breeze. These polar-opposite conditions plus the challenge of round the islands rather than strictly buoy racing proved the talk of why some of the best sailors in the Caribbean, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand put STIR on their list of must-do’ regattas each year.
Posted on 26 Mar
Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Gaëtan Thomas
This summer Gaëtan Thomas will make history as the first Belgian Skipper to lead a team around the world in Clipper Race This summer Gaëtan Thomas will make history as the first Belgian Skipper to lead a team around the world in the Clipper Race.
Posted on 26 Mar
Bureau Vallée 2 back in the water in Brittany
The former Banque Populaire VIII aboard which Armel Le Cléac’h won the last Vendée Globe was put back in the water The former Banque Populaire VIII aboard which Armel Le Cléac’h won the last Vendée Globe was put back in the water on Friday in Lorient (Brittany), with her new decoration in the colours of Bureau Vallée.
Posted on 25 Mar
German cycling great gets to ride in 16ft skiffs
Voight was a guest aboard leading Manly skiff Fluid Building after accepting an invite from skipper Clint Bowen. Jens Voight has twice won stages of the Tour de France and once held the world record time for distance ridden in an hour, but nothing prepared him for jumping on a 16ft skiff last Saturday. Voight was a guest aboard leading Manly skiff Fluid Building after accepting an invite from skipper Clint Bowen.
Posted on 25 Mar
Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Wendy Tuck
For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. And as a result, she’s set to make history in the Clipper 2017-18 Race as the first Australian skipper to complete the arduous ocean challenge twice.
Posted on 24 Mar