After the best intentions of keeping my blog up to date, a very cold and uneventful but busy winter has meant that there has been very little to say. But with Summer approaching there are plenty of trips and event planned to keep every one busy.
Last Saturday however (one very cold Saturday) we did get 6 brave girls down to the Lake from ‘Girls 4 Gold’ (chosen from many as potential future Olympic Windsurfers) to find out all there is to know about the world of competitive windsurfing and to get out on the water and experience the thrill.
Unfortunately the Lake froze on the Friday night and we had 15mm of ice covering the whole lake.
The girls were accompanied by a Girls 4 Gold representative, Barry Eddgington the RYA Olympic Windsurf Coach, and the RYA Windsurfing Olympic Physiologist. Not to be put off by the cold the first part of the day was spent looking in to the world of the Olympic Windsurfer (very scary and very humbling) run by the RYA team and then followed by a ‘this is windsurfing’ session ‘beginner to advance’ run in double quick time by Mark and I ending up with a two hour windsurfing session in icy water.
The ice proved a great teaching aid as the ice and cold water provided the ideal incentive to not fall in and as the ice re-frozen under them the boards became more stable, all we need to do now is work out how we incorporate it into our summer teaching program.