Saturday 4th July Bewl Water, Kent
To make the trip more more interesting, this group of young people from Allsorts, in Brighton were driven by minibus to Bewl Water in Kent.
There was a nervous excited as the group gathered in the morning, as this was a brand new experience for all involved. Many were uncertain what to expect, and some of the young people were new to the group. As they got to know one another, the banter began and as they all supported one another so well, you could see individuals grow in confidence. The beautiful weather allowed everyone to be in shorts and t-shirts, and the fair winds was kind to the beginners.
Once the instructors had given the briefing, lift jackets were fitted, and it was down to the waterfront to rig the boats. The group sailed in single handed ‘Toppers’ which meant they had a boat each, allowing for a rewarding and immediate experience. The group learnt how to rig and sail the boat, and were taught what to do in the event of a capsize. The fear of capsize is quite high, but once you have done it the fear disappears….. and there certainly makes it easier the next time!!
The group were exhausted by the end of the day and many fell asleep on the minibus. All couldn’t wait to go sailing again.