By Jack Sailing, Mar 31 2015 10:55AM
Sailing at Babbacombe is always interesting. Babbacombe Bay sits in the lee of prevailing south westerlies. Sometimes you’re sitting in glass and you’re looking at a wall of wind all around you. With your asymmetric spinnaker up you certainly have to have your wits about you.
Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing Club has taught many a great sailor. I'm sure the radical gusts have had something to do with that. Whilst learning to helm my Lark there, the club sent me off to Mount Batton Centre in Plymouth, to take a RYA Dinghy Instructors Course. On our first day of training I had to helm a Laser 2000 in 15knots of breeze. After sailing around the track the instructor said I did some really, really good stuff, and some really, really bad stuff! When I asked him later what the bad stuff was, he replied that holding the mainsheet between your teeth whilst sheeting in wasn’t in the RYA syllabus.