More Dinghy Instructors Successful
Chelmondiston Primary students make good progress
We continue to be keenly supported by our local primary schools, who always seem to find keen Year 5 & 6 students to come along
to help on our Dinghy Instructor courses. This Easter was warmer than in the past, but still chilly enough to test beginners at sailing.
Our Dinghy Instructor candidates did a very good job at teaching the group, all of whom came back for the second day- this may have been
due to the supply of chocolate cookies though!
The course result showed the progress made by the whole group, with all of the Dinghy
Instructors passing their course and leaving us very good and useful feedback.
If you would like to join our next course, please do
register your interest and we'll keep you informed. For the first time we are planning to offer the course at the end of the summer
holidays, over two weekends- it could even be warm by then!!
New Season Just Around the Corner!
What a Great Team!
Work has continued throughout the winter, with many upgrades to the fleet now in place, or arriving soon. Much of the work has
been carried out by our team of volunteers who have turned out, no matter what the weather! Applying anti-foul, turning boats over,
rigging, launching craft or just cleaning up the site would not have been possible without the help of our parents, friends, helpers and
management team. It's been great to see everyone working together to drive the centre forward. So, from all on the team -
"Many thanks for all of your work - we couldn't have done it without you!"
Feva Fest 2012
Exciting Racing in High Winds
Young sailors from several local Sailing Clubs: Felixstowe Ferry Youth Sailing, Orford and Harwich Town Clubs,
hosted by Neptune Youth Group, came together to compete in a series of Team Racing, using our fleet of RS Fevas.
The morning started with some challenging sailing conditions and heavy swell; some sailors practicing their capsize drills!.
Race coaching was undertaken by participating Instructors, giving individual sailors help and tips on enhancing their
skills to sail the Feva as efficiently as they could.
The racing was exciting with Neptune sailors Harriet Memory / Hannah Lewis winning their first Neptune Team Race, which
was most impressive to watch on a mark rounding which had flashbacks to the Olympic sailing in Weymouth. Felixstowe
entered two teams, with a great standard of sailing from all teams apparent. The overall winning team was from Harwich Town (assisted
by Jess from FFYS).
All the sailors from the various clubs had a fantastic and fun day, with plenty of inter-team rivalry. A big thank you
to Chris Hussey of RYAOnboard and Andy Robinson from Felixstowe Ferry for organising and managing the racing on the day.
Who are Neptune Sailing?
Neptune Sailing is based on the River Orwell at Woolverstone, near Ipswich. We have a large number of craft,
of different types and provide a range of Dinghy Sailing and Powerboat training and assessment. During the season the centre
is available to both young people and adults. We aim to provide high quality tuition, based on the RYA National schemes.
Neptune Sailing has been divested from Suffolk Water Sports Association (SWSA). We have now registered as a limited
company and have been awarded charitable status.
Our Youth Groups run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for Beginners, Improvers and Advanced skills
and are open to all young people. They are very popular, so making an early approach regarding joining one of the groups
Adult training courses are run mainly during weekends and cover the RYA Sailing Schemes to Level 3 and RYA
Powerboat Level 1 and 2, as well as Safety Boat. We are happy to offer courses to groups and individuals at other times.
During the school holiday periods week-long courses are available for young people and these are very
popular. The courses offer training from beginner Stage 1 to advanced skills Stage 4.