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Just in the nick of time before the temperature really plummets! The forecast leading up to this weekend as pointing towards the a chilly experience and sure enough, with thermals at the ready, we were greeted with minus 5 degrees in the morning! But with the sun coming up and the wind fixed from the west, the temperature gauge slowly creeped up to something altogether more acceptable. Let the games begin.

Being the first meeting of the New Year, it was great to have the support of our resident World Champ Ross Williams, sporting some facial growth that eskimos would be proud of! Maybe that’s the secret to getting through the bite of winter…? In addition, we had Dorset’s own coach supremo Sam Ross to provide the tips for gybing and race starts, as well as Marc Hambridge from Tushingham unveiling some of the latest 2015 demo toys.

With the wind set to decrease throughout the day, it wasn’t long before the course was set and the assembled crew got onto the water. Centre Manager Maurin took the young aspiring racers of the future, whilst Sam and Ross dealt with the more experienced. Hats, gloves, thick boots and anything else to keep as warm as possible were used … yet with a bit of pumping energy expended, most were commenting that they weren’t too cold. Plus the sun was out; what more could you want? Having fully exhausted every last puff of wind, the crowds retired to shore for lunch, followed by a kit tuning and tactic chat by the Champ and a gybing masterclass with Sam.

Next month’s WSS camp has been postponed until the weekend of 21st/22nd February, due to the expressed necessity by some to earn brownie points the weekend before! Let’s hope for some good westerly winds and more of the same sunshine. Thanks to Ross, Sam, Tushingham and Al for the support on this event – lots of great feedback already coming in.