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Kit Guide

Blooming Hot Hands at the Bloody Mary

By 30th September 2020
If the cold is something that puts you off sailing then here’s something to think of. You may be missing out on ear to ear smiling fun during the winter. Saturday January 12th was the 40th Bloody Mary at Queen Mary Sailing Club in West London with an average force 4 gusty cold wind with a wind chill factor of minus 6 and 340 boats crammed onto a reservoir, you may be swayed to stay in bed especially when as we were driving up the M3 with sleet hitting the screen and no hint of the sun, but just check out the YouTube time elapsed video to get a feel of the fun you could be having. We make an entrance at 0.07 seconds with our red kite flying inline with the toppers on the pontoon. We launch at 0.25 and are at the end of the third pontoon with our sails up. Hands and feet are the general problem areas and when you are out racing for 2 ½ hours and on the water for 3 ¼ the Hot Hands and Hot Feet are the answer. I was a little intrigued by cycling to school in some other gloves I have yesterday, my thumbs and index fingers were numb by the time I reached school, today I just wanted to check how the Hot Hands compared so I wore one Hot Hand and one rubberized builders gloves which are hard to find in my small size. The experiment gave some answers and the Hot Hands reduced the numbness but not completely, but actually when sailing and they are wet the water, as in neoprene wet suits helps keep the fingers and thumbs warm. So if you are put off sailing because of the cold think about kitting yourself out properly and you will love it. The BM is amazing so hectic at one point we were about to gybe with the kite I looked back and was confronted with a foiling moth shouting “don’t gybe there” also there were some hairy mark roundings when our kite wouldn't drop and we had to avoid a certain number of boats. It was a complete spectacle with 60 different classes many of which I hadn't seen before and as we where sailing round the course I kept saying "Oh look at that boat there" and Dad just replying with "CONCENTRATE". The course around the reservoir was a good test of skills as it made you sail every point of sailing and my dad and myself had to make sure we were in a clear lane not just in front but above with faster boats who where on different legs of the course. Annoyingly we took a swim twice because of forced gybes with the kite up due to faster boats bearing down on us on starboard and untimely gusts. This had an affect on our result as initially we were second at the top mark in our mixed fleet start. I am twisting my dads arm about a go pro as with Steve's Blog it is clearly a good bit of kit to improving technique and speed. I have been bending it so much I think his arms going to break before he can get his hand in his pocket though!! Has anybody got any suggestions, on how to convince him? We had so much fun,we took Smoky out to Chichester Snowflake the next morning for an icy spin. It is a great event with a variety of boats meaning that you have to work very hard to get a good place in the event. There are three fleets, Fast, Medium and Slow with boats including Merlin Rockets, Solos, Mirrors, RS Fevas and RS 200s, being one of the Fevas we have to fight with the 4.7s ,Mirrors and my friend Alex in his RS Tera Pro especially and Birdham Pool makes sure that everyone gets there fair share of gust that put you right off the scent of the boat you are trying to catch. This is how to have fun with your hot hands on!

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