On Saturday 7th January four Royal Forth Yacht Club cadets took to the water to kick off the 2012 season.
On a cold and windy Saturday morning the cadets prepared their boats in an almost deserted yard. The biting wind saw cadet of the year Lewis Smith don his wet suit and other outer layers to stave off the icy blast that was blowing down the Forth. Callum Gibb and Emma Palmer launched Croft-na-caber and Ken Dougall helped Chris Howden launch his rib to act as rescue.
There was a large swell running with steep waves kicked up by the strong westerly wind, so we stayed in the harbour in the morning. Pete Smith was shore control operating from close to the club and Rosie brought donuts as a lovely homely treat which was much appreciated by all. There were no wet capsizes which just proves that icy waters are a heck of an incentive to stay upright or do dry capsizing! Callum Gibb demonstrated some techniques on the Topper and a great morning was had by all.
After a cold outdoor picnic sitting outside the club (it was closed of course at this time of year) it was decided that we would pack the dinghy away and have a final run in the ribs. By this time peoples fingers and hands were going numb and the light had less than an hour left for the day. It has become a tradition amongst the older cadets to head for Newhaven for a rendezvous be it in dinghy or rib. So true to our tradition we put in an early season visit and headed there chatted to some of the locals and headed back and put the boats away.
A great time was had by all and we finished the day with a trip to McDonalds for hot drinks or food.