I’ve had a good few weeks training since Rio and I’m now in Ireland for a week of training before the Radial Europeans start in Dun Laoghaire.
I raced the RS200 nationals with James Peters in Mounts Bay Cornwall. The 200’s are a really friendly fleet and it was a good fun event. Crewing rather than helming gave me the opportunity to see the race course from a different perspective. Being in Cornwall I rode to Lands End one day when our racing was cancelled which was a good way to see a bit more of the area.
After the 200’s it was back to Weymouth for a few days Laser sailing. Sailing with the guys is always great learning as their standard of racing is much higher than the girls fleet. With 10 boats involved it makes the starting and racing much tighter and really helped me target a few key areas. We also did some racing in the Elliot’s to look at some rules scenarios, which was really useful and there wasn’t too much bumper cars!
I also spent a day at Parkstone YC Youth week and it was great to see so many kids excited about their sailing. I think the parent and child AB fleet was one of the most competitive! Good to see competitive racing across all the fleets, the future of the sport definitely looks good.
The trip from Weymouth to Ireland was made more pleasant by having a Volvo to use, which definitely made the miles pass by quicker. I stopped off at my folks half way up, which was nice as I hadn’t been up since Christmas-definitely the best b and b in Bewdley! A quick run to Trimpley Reservoir was a good reminder of where I started out, looked much smaller than I remembered.
Looking forward to a good few days training before the regatta kicks off.