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Rutland National Series 2 and other stuff...
Rutland was a very enjoyable and unpredictable weekend, completely dominated by a certain Crispin who blew away competition to win the event by a substantial margin and on top of that, won the races by absolutely huge leads, up to a leg at times! There was a solid turnout and racing started in a fairly unpredictable 10-12 knot breeze, with finding pressure and getting in phase with the shifts a huge priority. As I am far too heavy for a Topper and my boat speed suffered hugely in these winds, I decided to really push the start and was always about 2 boat lengths in front of the boats around me on the gun by taking advantage of the line sag. From then on it was just staying in phase and trying to stay up to speed! I managed to post some surprisingly consistent results as I am usually fairly inconsistent. I finished 24th overall which I was pleased with, although the weekend was slightly frustrating as I rounded the first windward mark in the top 5 in most races due to tactics, but lost a lot from there on in due to boat speed. Oh well, all good practise for the Radial where the tactics will be even more important.
On that note, I have recently joined a new club called Tamesis Sailing Club, situated in Teddington on the Thames. After sailing there today, it is an incredibly shifty and gusty venue (as you would imagine) which is exactly why I have joined, as I feel I need to improve and get more of a sense for shifts and the tactics to use in them in preparation for Radial qualifiers later this year. Also, the club is 30 seconds from my school, and 5 minutes from my house, meaning I will be able to sail after school whenever I feel like it. I'm really looking forward to going sailing more often, as in the past I could only sail on weekends due to time restrictions, but here I will be able to sail and get lots of time on the very patchy water!