All items are important. If there are any queries, please contact me in advance of the course.
BOAT AND EQUIPMENT
If hiring a boat from us: the boat and its equipment will be ready for you on the first day of the course.
If bringing a boat: Optimist dinghy complete with spars, sail, buoyancy bags (if buoyancy not built-in), painter, daggerboard, rudder, tiller, and paddle. A measurement certificate is not required. It is very helpful to have all loose parts identified with the sail number. To avoid the risk of serious damage to the mast thwart, a fitting to prevent the mast accidentally coming out of the mast step is essential. Inflatable buoyancy bags must be without leaks, and firmly secured. The painter should be strong, firmly attached, free of knots, and 4 metres long. A trolley is important to protect the boat from abrasive damage.
WEAR ON ARRIVAL ON THE FIRST DAY & EACH SUBSEQUENT MORNING
Clothes suitable for sailing in the expected weather conditions.
Typically during Easter Courses: Warm clothes (including a hat, gloves and at least four layers of clothing on the upper trunk with a waterproof final layer), soft soled trainers or sailing boots, waterproof digital wrist watch (not essential for beginners).
Typically during Summer Courses: Ensure sun protection with high factor sun cream, hat and sunglasses (to reduce glare from water), soft soled trainers or sailing boots, waterproof digital wrist watch (not essential for beginners).
A wet-suit is useful especially if the weather is cold and especially for those in the intermediate or racing groups, but a wet-suit is not essential. Usually, about 50% of the children on the course bring wet-suits, and most of those are in the intermediate and top groups.
BRING EVERY DAY
A complete change of sailing clothes (as described in ‘WEAR ON ARRIVAL…’ above) including a second pair of footwear.
Buoyancy aid (or one can be borrowed from ICS for the week – there is no charge and no need to make an arrangement in advance)
Waterproof lightweight jacket
Waterproof lightweight over-trousers (recommended in cold or wet weather)
Hat (warm hat essential in cold weather / sun hat essential in hot weather)
Large strong plastic bag for wet clothes (a strong dustbin bag is ideal)
Beginner and Intermediate groups: Picture of Optimist with parts named, picture of knots, length of cord with knots tied (these are sent by ICS to each skipper (other than those in the advanced groups) a week before the course)
RYA Junior Log Book (if skipper has one)
IOCA Log Book (if skipper has one)
In a plastic bag: A large sponge and a scoop bailer (A 4 litre plastic bottle with handle and including cap, with bottom cut away, is perfect)
AT HOME FOR ‘Homefun’
Ruler (straight edge); pencil, colouring pencils (not felt-tips) (minimum: red yellow blue green & brown)
Racing groups only: adhesive (for paper to paper)
NOT TO BRING
Money, mobile phone (can be left in office or in changing room), gaming device, food or sweets (unless by prior arrangement – e.g. diabetic).
Labeling all items of clothing and equipment with skipper’s name ensures that ‘lost property’ that is found has a sporting chance of getting returned promptly to its owner.