Gybe Club goes on Tour. What an 'Oarsome' day out!
Published 20:27 on 18 Jan 2020
Lee-on-the-Solent Sailing Club cadets' Gybe Club is not just a summer activity. During the winter the cadets meet once a month to learn shore-based skills from our expert and dedicated instructors.
Sam Frost, a member of LOSSC and a sailmaker himself, took LOSSC Gybe Club cadets on a visit to North Sails' loft in Gosport to see how sails are made. They then headed down to Oarsome Chance, a local charity that helps disadvantaged young people develop technical skills and craftsmenship relating to sailing and coastal rowing.
The cadets each made a yo-yo, putting their knot knowledge to the test while using saws, drills and mallets. They also competed in a rowing challenge and made a pencil case from sail cloth off-cuts.
"Being members at LOSSC is teaching my children skills and community spirit, as well as sailing" said Susy Matthews "The children are taught resilience and independence from the start, being allowed to 'get stuck in' and this was certainly the case with Oarsome Chance where they were able to use the industrial sewing machines, under watchful eyes".
Gybe Club is not just messing around in boats, it is teaching skills for life in a supportive community of dedicated members and instructors.
Thank you to Sam, North Sails, Oarsome Chance and Lee-On-The-Solent Sailing Club for this wonderful experience and for all you do for our cadets.
Thank you Susy Matthews for this report.
Last updated 12:44 on 29 January 2020