In challenging conditions, Youngship members were given the chance to demonstrate their sailing skills in the first event of the year for YoungShip Møre. Whilst most of the YoungShip’s members are dependent on the sea for their careers, it was a first introduction to sailing for many.
Six skippers from Ulstein Seilforening were keen to take on the challenge of coaching the Youngshippers on board their boats. Ulsteinvik has an active group of racing sailors that compete even Wednesday evening on the Ulsteinfjord and many participate in regattas all over Møre og Romsdal.
To add an element of competition to the day two races were held, which rapidly accelerated the bonding between the team members. At the start of the first race a thick fog meant tricky conditions for the sailors, but quite soon everyone got into a nice groove. At the start of the second race the sun and increasing wind made short work of the fog, and the sailors were treated to champagne-sailing conditions, 15 knots of breeze, sun and blue skies. With the experience of the first race under their belts and more wind to play with the boats fought a much closer second race, with some boats finishing only seconds apart.
To finish off the day, all boats gathered for a BBQ at Borgarøya; a 17th century former trading post between Trondheim and Bergen.
After all the action, there was enough to discuss and with smiles all around it was concluded that once every four years is way too seldom for a YoungShip sailing day.
YoungShip Møre wants to thank Ulstein Seilforening for supporting us with the use of their support boat and racing cources, and to thank the skippers that guided us through a fantastic day at sea.