Young Maritime Professionals’ very first dinghy sail took place on the 21st April 2012 at HOAC sailing centre near Ruislip. The purpose of the event was to encompass an informal pastime whilst maintaining YMP’s maritime syllabus.
A total of 9 YMP Members, ranging from chambers, law firms to Lloyd’s insurance and the oil industry participated in the introductory dinghy sailing exercise.
The day started off with a lesson on how to rig and sail a dinghy and was followed by a safety and capsize briefing under the instruction of Ian Woods (Ben Macfarlane & Co) RYA qualified Senior Sailing Instructor.
We took to the water and prepared to set sail in Laser Picos. The vast majority of the participants were novices and had never sailed before, let alone a dinghy. The experience was challenging and character building, as each participant was given their own dinghy to sail.
After a two hour session the group was happy to retire and to enjoy lunch at the local pub.
The event was a huge success as all the YMP members had the opportunity to engage with one another at an informal level and to enjoy a fun day out.
Below are some comments left by the participants:
“It was great experience to join dinghy sailings as a new member of YMP, hope we will have outdoor activities more often and sail again together as a ‘fleet’.”
“I attended my first ever Dinghy Sailing event organised by YMP on Saturday, 21 April. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It was very well organised and I look forward to the next event.”
“Indeed Sarah Caldwell and Ian Woods did a fantastic job! It was fun and the weather was great, well done guys!”
“The dinghy sailing event was a great experience, well-organised and well-instructed and one which I would recommend to all members of the YMP. It would be good to see some more similar events in the future!”
YMP will be hosting another sailing event shortly, so please keep up to date with all of our latest events which are accessible via LSLC’s website or YMP LinkedIn. If you have any associations with
sailing clubs or formal qualifications which we could use for our events, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Sarah Caldwell (Jackson Parton) YMP Committee Member.