"Having finally decided to take the plunge and go sailing without a rescue boat to pick me up, Poole Harbour was most definitely the perfect location to have a go. It's waist deep, very enclosed, gets really good wind and you're not going to get blown out to sea. My first trip was promptly followed by as many as I've been able to cram in. It's brilliant being able to hop in the car with a load of mates from the club, head to Poole and try out a load of new moves on the water. It's all finished off with the traditional pub stop on the way home, where you can sit by a log fire, have a hot chocolate and reminice about the tricks attemted and moves pulled off."
Intermediate trips are organised on a look-at-the-forecast-and-see-what's-good basis which usually means that there is good wind. Normally we go down to Poole Harbour which is an excellent location for learning at any level, it is waist deep everywhere so a very safe place to sail and gets good consistent wind and some chop to contend with. Traditionally these trips have just been for free sailing with more advanced club members helping out others with advice if needed.
We run trips down to Axbridge Reservoir for lower intermediates where there is much more focus on structured teaching. Whenever possible we have an intermediate instructor present on all trips to help out and run clinics. You do not need your own kit as the club owns enough for about 8-10 people so make sure you get your name down fast! All in all they are excellent trips to improve your windsurfing and with a traditional stop off in the George pub on the way home from Poole. Who can say no to that?
For those who want to take their windsurfing to the next level, we run a boot camp weekend especially designed for those who want to learn new skills. Whether it's learning how to beachstart or how to use the harness and footstraps, boot camp is an amazing weekend of windsurfing with the best RYA instructors the club has to offer.
Am I an intermediate windsurfer?
If you're not sure what level windsurfer you are here are some basic guidelines. We don't have a rigid structure to our intermediate events, so as long as you can master the basics you're welcome to come along to an intermediate trip. We'll always let you know what conditions to expect, along with what ability level is required for sailing in those conditions. If you are at all worried, then just give Chris or Lucy a shout and they'll be more than happy to help you.
Lower intermediates should be able to
- Turn around
- Sail upwind
- Comfortable sailing along
Middle intermediates are
- Learning to use the harness and footstraps
- Using boards without a daggerboard
Advanced intermediates should be
- Comfortable using harness and footstraps
- Learning to waterstart
- Working on advanced turns