This is largely intended for all those who have completed Tackers 3 and would like a bit more practice or guidance in a fun environment before starting green fleet racing. As you have probably figured out by now, having Ella and Alex on the water during Friday Fun is of great benefit to the new juniors.
History - It was originally setup that those being looked after by the instructors prepaid for six sessions ($120). Payment was made directly with the club office and an online registration form was completed. It essentially covered the cost of the boats and instructors, and, addressed safety matters. Not all were aware of this and confusion reigned.
Moving Forward - To remove the confusion of what Friday Fun is for the more experienced youth (which is possibly described as unsupervised sailing) as opposed to this group who would prefer having an instructor, for the reasons mentioned, we are introducing Ella's Fun Coaching during Friday Fun @ $20 a session. If you have already paid for a six session block don't panic, the unused amount will go towards Ella's Fun Coaching. Our plan is to make sure an Instructor (Ella and/or other Instructors) are always present and providing activities that are fun and build confidence. Sessions will continue on bad weather days with theory based coaching.
The MYC website will soon be updated and you will see Ella's Fun Coaching as a dedicated area where you can get more information, register and pay.
Most important is we have fun, this is a great chance for our kids to build new relationships that we hope last a lifetime because of their respect for each other and the love of sailing. To that, we will be encouraging the parents to get involved. Some have suggested having a BBQ at the end of each session. If you have any thoughts or feedback please feel free to speak up.
A Final Word - As you may appreciate much of the effort that goes into these initiatives are by volunteers. We don't always get it right but at the core is a best intention. I hope to be getting another email out this week with some more detail but please feel free to call me for more information.
If there are others that you know and who you think would like to be included please advise me...we will add them to the list.