Snipe sailing clinic Belgium by Damian Borras
Scharendijke, August 22-23, 2015
Seven Belgian teams gathered at Scharendijke (the Netherlands) for a two days sailing clinic. Among the participants 4 teams will attend the worlds in Talamone, 2 junior and 2 senior teams.
The clinic was held on august 22 and 23, just before the Belgian Nationals. Damian Borras was our coach and had prepared an intensive low-wind training session.
Day one started with a very interesting trim session. Damian introduced us in the secrets of mast trimming, setting of the jib barber haulers, sail trimming etc. After a short briefing, we went on the water to put all the theory into practice. We did a lot of short races with special attention for the trimming of the jib on downwind and reaching courses. We ended the day with a debriefing, in which videos and photos, taken during the day, were analysed.
Day two was quite similar. As the wind was very light in the morning, we started again with a trim session, made some more improvements on the mast trim and had a short briefing. By noon, we went on the water and had another very nice and instructive sailing day about jib trim, boat position and main leech trim.
All teams highly appreciated the training session and learned a lot about downwind sailing. For the juniors, it was their first time they got the chance to attend such a high level training. This training increased our level and consolidated our love for Snipe Sailing.
Many thanks to Yannick Laumans for the initiative and organisation, to Scira for the support and to Damian for the excellent coaching.