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Catch up time RS Tera Nationals and Fevas
Well my last blog was back in Feb and time flies when your having fun cant believe its the end of June, i have been mixing Teras and Fevas and so with events and training its been a busy time . Fevas has been fun and sailed with a couple of different crews Jack Lewis at Grafham GP and Anna Mackay at Oxford and The Nationals in Thorpe Bay.Oxford was pretty exciting with a 54 mph gust coming through for the last race. Anna and i had a good 4 days at the Feva Nationals and got into Gold fleet but had a Black flag and a poor result on the last day that dropped us down the results great fun but really tiring event, with a couple of days break over half term it was off to Weymouth for the first time for me to take part in the Tera Nationals.
I decided to have a change with the different rig available which is the pro rig, it is a 4.8 m2 fully battened mylar sail with an extended top section which gives a healthy boost of power, i decided to give the Pro a go, Sport for a while Pro for life as they say. I headed down to Weymouth a day early to get some opportunity to try this new rig as id only done a couple of handicap club races last year with it, so i needed some time
I had a bit of practice sailing around the harbour and enjoying the mini races put on by Luke Baileys Dad in the harbour. On the first day of the event the forecast was good with 10 knots gusting 16 knots and a Northly breeze the whole fleet set out. I started off with results of a 5 and 4. The first race went to Alex Butler with a big lead. The third race of that day was promising for me as i rounded the top mark in third and on the duration of the run I over took Crispin Beaumont and Josh Bakker to round the leeward mark in first and kept the lead to take a bullet which i was pretty chuffed with. With the northly wind and the sea breeze trying to fill in and the hills of Dorset giving the wind some obstructions the race course was pretty shifty.Day one the PRO decided on 5 races and about 6 hours on the water i finished the day with and OCS! Day two started pretty light and we got one race in before the Race committee decided to pull us in for an hour to wait for the sea breeze. This race was a bit of a lottery with the course shortened and the last beat with no pressure i rounded the leeward mark 2nd and crossed the line which was 150 metres from the leeward gate 6th!
The wind filled and we got 1 more race in Team Rooster sailors Crispin and myself finished 1st and 2nd a good way to end the regatta. Arthur Brown put in a great set of results to be first overall and in the final wash up I got first Looser and Rebecca Lewis picked up 2nd looser.
Since then i have been doing some training with Mike Lee and 5 other Tera Pro sailors in the run up to the 2013 Worlds in Weymouth here is a short video of us last Saturday gusting 35 knots in Portsmouth Harbour a brilliant days sailing with my mates