With our epic road trip to all of the European Nacra 17 events starting in six days when we leave for the Palma OCR, we thought we’d give you a quick update on how we have been getting on in the last month or so!
Weekend before last we had the first RYA Spring Qualifier event at WPNSA; it was forecast to be a windy affair, but the forecast didn’t hold out and it was generally a light wind event. We spent two long days out in the bay where the waves were big and the breeze was 6-8 knots. It was noticeable compared to the other boats, we may have been on the heavier side of the weight spectrum in these conditions; they could fly a hull a little bit earlier and the speed difference was immense. However by the end of the weekend, we were able to keep pace and we developed our light wind technique to compensate for our heavier crew weight. After a tricky 7 races, we managed to finish second behind Tom Phipps/Zennor Pascoe.
On the Friday and Monday of that weekend, we had some training with Rob Wilson. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, we were the only boat to turn on Friday which gave us a full day to ourselves with Rob and then on the Monday only one other boat made it out onto the water for a long session of tuning runs up and down the harbour. The breeze was up a bit from the weekend and we had been able to show our heavy weather techniques that we have developed over winter and we managed to make gains on the other team.
Off the water a few things have been happening. Firstly, we have had a team adapting our trailer so we can tow more comfortably on our tour and they have done an amazing job. After many late nights in the workshop for him we were finally to use it for the first time when we went to Weymouth, we now understand why every other multihull sailor has such large boxes!
We have also been trying hard to lose weight for the summer. Over the windy winter we haven’t been on top of managing our weight so now we are back in competition mode we realise that we may be slightly heavier than we need to be! So Tom has started taking long runs around his new countryside house and Alicia is getting acquainted with the hand cycle after hurting her knee! We think everyone knows who got the best deal there!
We also had the RYA Topper Zone Squad at Whitstable for the weekend, as Tom’s little sister is a member of this squad we decided that we would help out, little did we know how wet we were going to get just by helping to launch a few Toppers and a couple of safety boats! It’s always great to see young talent coming through!
Looking forward, we are leaving for Palma on Sunday and we are trying to cram in as much sailing as we can before we get there, while getting ready to leave at the weekend. Unfortunately for us the forecast doesn’t look like it is playing ball so we will have to see what the week brings!
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