Sailing lesson for Salvation Army group

Learning the ropes with the controls.
Learning the ropes with the controls.

Buchanness Radio Yacht Club played host to the local Corps of the Salvation Army’s men’s monthly fellowship on recently.

The fellowship organise different activities throughout the year and this month was model yachting.

The group gathered at the local reservoir and were met by brilliant sunshine and a gentle breeze, ideal for radio sailing. Carl Burrows the club’s Dragon Force (a 65cm radio controlled yacht) convenor gave the men an introduction to the DF outlining the design thinking, sail arrangement and control system. He also took a question and answer session.

Once this was complete it was time to get the boats on the water. Each man had a Buchanness member with them and an instruction period followed. Once the club members were satisfied that all had a basic knowledge of how to control the yachts they were left on their own.

A small racing course was set up and they were introduced to the course along with the recorded starting system and then it was off to race.

Everyone did eventually manage to grasp their way around and lots of laughter was heard as they tried to out sail each other.

After the sailing session and all the yachts returned to dry land and their owners.

To bring it altogether Major Bram Williams did a reading from the Bible which fitted in extremely well with the evening’s activities and closed with a prayer and thanks to the club for taking the time and making them very welcome.