Persistence pays off for Arran junior sailors

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After attending lessons every week for six weeks, 14 S1 and S2 pupils from Arran High School have gained their Start Sailing award with Arran Junior Sailing.

The weather could not have been kinder for the students wanting to learn how to sail.

Mild weather conditions eased them into learning how to handle and become familiar with their vessels, before winder conditions provided them with the requirements for faster, more agile sailing as their abilities progressed.

For the first few weeks the very light winds allowed the students to learn how to control the Laser Pico boats and practise their capsize drills.

And, as the wind strength increased for the last few sessions, it provided the perfect opportunity for students to test their skills in a faster paced, more challenging environment.

The students all rose to the challenge and were quick to successfully sail their boats across the wind and tack around marker buoys.

Sailing lessons will start up again after Easter with a letter going to the schools before hand to invite the next budding sailors on Arran to learn how to sail.