My First 29er Grand Prix, Poole Yacht Club.
Over the past few weekends I have been sailing my new 29er having just moved out of the Feva and into the 29er class.
Jamie and I decided to go our separate ways as together we were not the correct weight for the boat. So Jamie has decided to do another year in Fevas.
I am now sailing with Caitlin Webster, we have been out a few times and took part in our first ever event a couple of weekends ago. I was nervous yet excited as I have been enjoying crewing in the 29er. I am out on the trapeze and Caitlin is the helm.
We arrived at Poole Yacht Club ready to race in the cold autumn weather. I wrapped up warm in my new Supertherm Longjohn wetsuit and launched into Poole harbour from the beach with 39 other boats. The first day was shifty with about 8-10 knots of breeze. We struggled to read the shifts but we managed to achieve a 24th,18th,20th,21st and a 17th which we were pleased with.
The second day was very windy but it was a good consistent breeze. We struggled to keep the boat upright and unfortunately in the first race our kicker came off the boom, which meant we had to retire. Then in the last race the bungee for the trapeze line snapped. In the second race we came 17th, our best result. Overall we came 22nd out of 39 which, for our first ever 29er event, was very pleasing.
Although the weekend didn’t go perfectly we still had an amazing time as we are still transitioning into the boat. I am looking forward to future training and events.
Amazingly we were awarded third place for a mixed team. We have two days of training at the end of this week at HISC.
The 29er will require more maintenance than the Feva for us to remain competitive. I think we will be using a lot of shock cord over the next few years!
All through the weekend I was warm as toast in my new Supertherm Longjohn wetsuit.
Louis Wright 29er 2388