Perse pupils set sail for Summit 10 training
It was eventually plain sailing for intrepid Perse pupils as they mastered dinghies during a Summit 10 trip to Grafham Water.
They spent two days handling the vessels to earn their RYA Level 1 dinghy sailing qualifications in preparation for an extended expedition on the Norfolk Broads over the Easter break.
Before getting out on the water, pupils got to grips with learning the basics from the parts of the dinghy to key sailing terminology.
Blustery conditions met them after leaving the classroom with a few crafts capsizing, but crews swiftly overcame the wet and cold to persevere with their training.
The final day saw pupils develop their tacking and jibbing skills in single and double helm dinghies, with far fewer capsizes occurring, as they completed the course with flying colours.
Perse Head of Outdoor Pursuits Ben Parker said: “Pupils showed great resilience under some challenging weather conditions on day one, especially considering that the majority of them were new to sailing.
“A capsize can be a challenging and sometimes frightening experience. Pupils overcame their fears, refocused and flourished on the course.”