Sailing on Lake Brunner
On Thursday the 9th Ruma J went sailing with Volvo sailing… Have a go! Run by Yachting New Zealand at Lake Brunner’s own Yacht Club. We went sailing because it was an opportunity to take advantage of our local environment. It was a great safe, and fun way to get out on the water! It was a great way to learn how to sail, with your friends to help you too.
Firstly we walked down to Lake Brunner Yacht Club to meet our instructor, Simon, who was friendly and easy going. As we met him he gave us instructions as to how to construct a yacht. It was the first time most of us constructed a yacht. I think it was a great idea to learn this. Next we were assigned our wetsuits, life jacket and jackets. We all had fun squeezing into the tight, damp wet suits. Once we got on the water we sailed out a little, we found there wasn’t a lot of wind so we played a game. We split up into two teams with a ball. The game was basically just soccer on sailing boats. We think the game was fun and a good experience to become more confident in the boats and on the water! After the game the wind still hadn't picked up so Simon towed us back to the boat ramp with the safety boat. At this point of the day some of us left at the lunch break and some of us stayed for the whole day!
On the second half of the day the wind started to pick up, now the more confident students of Ruma J could sail quicker. After a while we got towed behind the boat and we travelled to a shallow part of the lake where we played another game. The aim of the game was to collect 10 balls and then, you would receive a water gun. Tess and Tylar won the water gun first. During the game, some of our water guns broke, so we used our bails. During the madness we all got soaking wet and a couple of us even fell out of the boat, or even capsized! Once the game died off, we sailed back to the lagoon and started to put away all of our boats and gear. We were eager to jump in the hot showers!
Sailing was a fun learning experience for all of us, we had some good gusts of wind near the end of the day some so strong we found ourselves falling out of the boats - purposely, and accidentally! Even though the water was chilly we still laughed and had a great time.
There were not that many negatives about sailing. The one negative would be that there wasn’t that much wind. It was cold when you went in the water. The wetsuits were annoying to get into and really tight. We also found it sad that during the water fight not the all the water guns were working.
We all enjoyed this experience of sailing and we think other children should go sailing in the future. We would like to thank the teachers and staff for giving us this opportunity and also we would like to thank Volvo Sailing for taking us sailing!
Reported by: Bridget, Catrin, Tess, Mary and Lucy.