Wonderful weekend in Weymouth
Published 20:55 on 15 May 2022
Our annual Weymouth dinghy sailing trip took place on the first May bank holiday weekend. The trip saw a big group of Corinthians of all ages visit the Andrew Simpson Centre in Portland for the long weekend. Alex Hunter shares how they got on:
The Weymouth weekend is a brilliant trip which I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone wanting to improve their dinghy sailing. All levels were welcome from beginners looking to build upon level 1 courses, to experienced sailors wanting to hone their racing technique. As a relatively new member of the club, I was keen to improve my confidence in order to feel more comfortable sailing on the Thames. The instructors at the academy were friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable and encouraged me to try lots of new things such as using a spinnaker, a trapeze and a variety of different boats. A highlight was the whole Corinthian group taking a fleet of keel boats on a day trip from Portland to Weymouth. Even when the wind died and the rain began to pour, spirits remained high and we eventually arrived at the pub much in need of rum and a hot lunch but with big smiles all round.
Convenient to get to from London, either by train or by car, our accommodation, Portland House, was perfect for a weekend away. There was the option to have a room to yourself, or share with up to 3 others in clean, comfortable bedrooms with kitchenettes, a laundry room and plenty of space for drying out wet gear. The trip was fantastic for getting to know more people at the club. Our large group went for dinner together each evening to swap stories about our sailing adventures that day and many good friendships were formed over the three day weekend. I can't wait to go again next year!
If Alex's report has you interested, look out for details of next year's trip. There's also plenty of dinghy sailing coming up on the river this summer.
Last updated 12:51 on 18 January 2023