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RS Tera and Tera Pro

Class Captain: Dawn Ripley - [email protected] 

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At HISC we have over 100 RS Teras in our fleet, the sailors of which vary greatly in age and ability, so as a fleet we try to cater for all of their needs and you don't have to own an RS Tera to get involved - HISC have a large number available to hire.

The RS Tera with its bright orange sail is an ideal first boat for children of between 7 to 14 years of age. It is available with two rig sizes; the Sport for standard sailing and racing and the Pro which is a fully battened larger sail for older and more advanced children.

Tera sailors often start sailing in our sheltered lagoon, a very safe place to find your way around the boat and to practice capsizing! HISC Seals in the lagoon is a great way to get younger children confident on the water whilst making new friends and having lots of fun. Once ready to try racing, the club run coached racing with the hugely successful Red Ribbon Training Club for those less confident young sailors, allowing them to make a smooth transition from the lagoon to sailing on West Mud. And then when ready, there are numerous racing opportunities for racing at the club - Sunday Racing, Pennant Weekends, Firecracker Series etc, and Sprints, as well as Youth Racing Week and for the more confident racers Chichester Harbour Race Week and Tera Series Open Meets.

The key thing to note is that there is no pressure or time/age limit to move up or stay up in the “pathway”. It’s a case of try the next level - if it’s too soon then go back to the level below or do both. It’s all about the children having fun, and their confidence will follow.

The Tera fleet is definitely welcoming and supportive of children wanting to try racing, but who may need a little more support. If you need advice, do come and talk to any of us Tera parents - who are normally found launching boats off the beach to left of the pontoon. We can soon ask the rib crews to give help, encouragement and support on the water, as required, especially if we know it’s needed.

Sprint Racing for the RS Tera fleet is back again this year, which involves 6-8 short races run back-to-back, so get the dates in your calendar. The idea of the Sprints is to learn to do “starts” and if you mess one up, so what – it’s only a short race before the next one starts, when you can have another go - all with lots of safety cover, so those new to racing can come and have a go without any pressure.

There is a busy Winter Training Program for those Sailors who have advanced beyond Bronze Fleet and ready to start working on their racing techniques. Some of the days in Winter can be amazing, if chilly, but they learn so much, and it has them ready for the new season having not had six months off. If you are unsure if your child is ready, and/or what kit you need, please come and talk to me, or any of the “older” Tera sailors’ parents. It’s all about having the right kit and then they have fun. Winter Training normally takes place once or twice a month on Saturdays and some Sundays from November to March.

As the RS Tera fleet tends to involve younger members of youth there is a high level of parent participation and help is required both on the water and ashore. This makes the fleet a great sociable environment for both the kids and their parents and siblings.

See the Youth Race Fixture List here