Who could have asked for more this morning for the Royal Cork “Start Sailing and Basic Skills” course today together with the new ISA (Irish Sailing Association) Cara Na Mara programme for 7 to 10 year olds that covers not only sailing but also seamanship skills and environmental awareness. As the club has recently been awarded the “Blue Flag Marina environmental awareness” flag, this subject has been incorporated into the sailing programme.
To strengthen this awareness all present this morning, both instructors and participants, were presented with blue ribbons by Senior Instructor Emma. If a child notices an instructor dropping litter or any such demeanour the child will remove the blue ribbon from that person and likewise the instructors can remove a ribbon from a child if they in turn notice such acts. At the end of their course it will be known who was throwing litter and can receive a gentle reminder to remember not to be the cause of making a place unsightly. This is particularly apt at the moment with the club looking so bright and attractive with freshly tended lawns and bright flowers and shrubs. Indeed a most pleasant place to visit and enjoy a cup of coffee on the patio with the umbrella shaded tables and chairs.
All in all it was obvious everybody was eagerly looking forward to their adventure and it was particularly pleasing to see the young children skipping around with delight as they awaited their groupings and directions from the instructors. Some of the children were returning for their level 1 and 2 courses and were just as enthusiastic as the first timers. who were high on anticipation of a great time.
The courses will continue until August 2nd.
A few photographs HERE