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Our Squibs and the Soling we enjoy access to, are both great to sail and both give an exciting sail – but there are a few differences I’ve learned through ongoing ‘conversion’ development coaching with John Cranwell Ward.

What is a Soling?

Designed by Norwegian Jan Linge for the Olympics, the Soling is a fast, non sinkable, 27 foot, one ton, International One Design, racing keel-boat. Click here to find out more.

Time Flies

Rigging

Topping Lift, a choice of sails, self- balers and even (plastic) snakes are just a few of the differences that become apparent when getting Time Flies ready for sailing.  She is 8 ft longer than a Squib and is a sleek stunner!

Towing

Being bigger is one obvious difference,  Her trailer is a four wheeler so tight corning is a real ‘no-no’  – so the tractor driver needs to be careful .

Launching

Don’t forget  to close the self-balers before launching (this should be done in the boat yard when rigging.

Sailing

Time Flies is a dream to sail, but you soon realise you are sailing a thorough bred who is fully of energy and quick to take off and slower to stop, with big sails.

Practice, Practice

As we all know, the most dangerous time is departing and returning to the pontoons and hence sailing in different wind conditions etc and practice, practice

Coaching

“We could all use a little coaching. When you’re playing the game, it’s hard to think of everything.”  JIM ROHN.

Anyone who can remember learning to sail would agree with the above quote – there is a lot going on around you and on the boat.  The learning never stops.   A ‘conversion’ is certainly very, very useful and will need a lot of practice, practice  sailing on Time Flies with our “coach” John Cranwell Ward.

And of course, we are lucky to be sailing an Olympic Boat, which makes “Time Flies” a really extra special Soling.  We are privileged for sure.

This is the way you roll the sail

 

 


About Dave Grundy

Public Relations Officer (PRO), past Commodore of RCSSC Rutland Civil Service Sailing Club where we enjoy corporate membership of RSC (Rutland Sailing Club) a premier UK Club based at Edith Weston, on the South Shore of Rutland Water.

I enjoy sailing in good company with our members sailing Squibs and a Soling.

I came back to sailing after seeing an advert from Pete Shuttleworth asking if I ‘fancied a sail?’ – I hadn’t sailed for nearly 30 years. Squibs being keelboats, stable whilst providing an exciting sail, coupled with advice and guidance from Club Helms, gave me the confidence to have a go and I’ve not looked back since.

So glad I found RCSSC.

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