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Sailing For Me

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									Sailing For Me When I was young, I had a keen interest in swimming. In the 1965 in my
primary school graduating years, I started to learn swimming. However, there was no
coaches (my family could not afford one) to teach the basics. Well, I learnt from other
swimmers in the public swimming pools. I merely mimic other swimmers who look like
they were swimming correctly. I went to the National Library and laid my hands on all
books related to swimming. Eventually, I began to swim quite competently. I had some
serious training only when I was in secondary one. I joined the school swimming training
squad. I also joined some of my friends in Chinese Swimming Club in their water-polo
training. I enjoyed water sports very much. I recalled, thrice a week, after a hectic days in
school, changed quickly and straight to the pool after a quick dinner. Having confidence
in the water, I also started to explore other activity like sailing. But in the 1970s, sailing is
not popular in Singapore. I had registered for s sailing course conducted by the Changi
PA (People's Association). There is a pre-requisite test where the swimmer had to swim
about 100m into the open sea to a sailing boat. The swimmer had to swim with life jacket
and on reaching the boat, climbed unaided into the boat. Thereafter, he had to swim back
to shore. I passed the test without any problem. To my dismay, the waiting list for the
actual sailing course is about 6 months away. As the school days were very busy,
gradually I lost touch with sailing. Nevertheless, I continue to swim regularly. In the
1980s, sailing became more popular. More clubs were running sailing courses. I quickly
registered for my first sailing course conducted by the SAFYC (Singapore Armed Forces
Yacht Club) at the Sembawang Clubhouse. The course was conducted on the Lark. My
brother (who is also a keen swimmer) and I were paired as a team. After two weekends, a
theory test and practical test was conducted. My brother and I passed the test without any
problem. I then went on to learn to sail other boats, like the Topper, Laser, Laser Byte,
Laser Pico and Nacra. I picked up my sailing skills whilst sailing with a group of
enthusiastic sailors at the East Coast Sea Sports Centre. There were in-house races once a
month. I participated in these races and also picked up some racing tips and skills. It has
been six years since my first sailing course, but my enthusiasm is still very strong. I
sailed regularly at the SAFYC. In fact, I had also obtained my PPCDL (Private Pleasure
Craft License) issued by the MPA (Maritime Authority of Singapore). I had also crewed
in some keelboats in a few keelboat races conducted by the Club. I had enjoyed sailing
very much that I had started a blog to share my experience. Here is the link to know more
about Singapore sailing news, http://www.singaporesailing.com I am passionate about
sailing and wish to share this experience

								
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