Every year I attend my local regatta week, which is a week full of sailing & carnival celebrations. A long distance yacht race over Sunday & Monday gets proceedings underway with a firework display on the Monday evening. Racing for all the other boats then gets underway on Tuesday morning and continues all the way through to Friday with 2 races each day. This is accompanied by a carnival on the Wednesday night, Red Arrows display on the Thursday night, Last Night of The Proms concert on the Friday night and then rounded off with a finale firework display on the Saturday night. So thats Royal Fowey Regatta week in a nutshell, now on to the important stuff - the racing!
Day one brought very light winds with lots of warm sunshine. Kit choice for this day was: ThermaFlex LongJohns
, Long Sleeved Lycra Top
, RaceArmour Lite Shorts
, Pro Laced boots
, Pro Race 5 Finger Gloves
, Black Diamond Buoyancy Aid
and an AeroMesh Visor
. Everyone sailed out of the harbour to the race area, where the race team had the course already in place. Unfortunately due to a wind shift we sat under a postponement for around 10 mins whilst they waited for the sea breeze to settle. The morning race I managed to finish 3rd. The afternoon race was held inside the estuary to allow the public to watch, I finished 2nd in this race. We all had to battle through some very tricky, light & shifty conditions. Overall I was happy with my solid start to the regatta.
Day two brought a lot of breeze and lots of rain - 30knts to be exact plus 3-4ft swell inside the estuary. We raced inside the estuary as it was too dangerous to exit the harbour mouth. Both the morning & afternoon races were held inside and I managed to finish with a 3rd & a 1st, in what was very exciting but hard conditions. My kit choice for this day was much the opposite of Tuesday, I went with: SuperTherm LongJohn
, ThermaFlex Top, Aquafleece Pro
, RaceArmour Lite Shorts, Pro Laced Boots, Pro Race 5 Finger Gloves, Black Diamond Buoyancy Aid with a Aquafleece pro beanie
tucked inside for whilst waiting around before the start. I was very happy with my results so far, all in the top three.
Day three brought fog and around 12 knots of wind. My kit choice was the same as the last day except without the Aquafleece. Unfortunately the fog was thick but we launched and sailed out to the race area but once out there it got even worse and we could no longer see the race course. We sat under a postponement for about 3/4 of an hour but the fog didn't lift so we were sent back to shore. We managed to sail in the afternoon inside the estuary and I managed to clinch 2nd place on corrected time.
Day four, the final day, brought about 20knts meaning we were kept inside the estuary once again. Kit choice was the same as day two. This day was a do or die day and anyone of the top three could win overall. So it was a day for focus, drive and determination. Both the races turned into a bit of a procession as there were very few gains to be had around the race course - I finished 2nd in both races which meant I finished 2nd overall. I was more than satisfied with this result as it's one place higher than last year and also I was the most consistent all week with all of the results coming in the top three.
I would like to thank my three sponsors for all of their support before & during the week. Your support really does make a difference.
Thanks to Rooster Sailing, May Whetter & Grose Estate Agent and Niles Bakery.