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Sailability at Frensham Pond & Optimist End of Season Championship

By Jenna Snedker 2nd October 2020

Thursday Frensham Pond Sailability

In my school, Stepping Stones School, which is a school for people with disabilities, a group of us go sailing every Thursday from April until October. Last Thursday was different, instead of sailing a Hansa 303 with two people, I decided to sail on my own in a Hansa 2.3 - a one person boat. I was very nervous, but I got over it! :-D. I will continue sailing this boat until the end of next year, then I may start sailing the 2.4 Paralympic class boat!

Optimist End of Season Championships at Rutland Water Sailing Club

On Saturday we got up at 5'clock in the morning! It was a solid 2 hours to Rutland, but eventually my Dad and I made it.

The weather was not at its best. It was raining and the forecast was for light winds, a force 1-2. Once on the water, the races began. I did four races. I had a bad day, finishing mostly at the back of fleet.

On Sunday, the weather was windier but it was a cold morning. I was in a group of Oppie sailors which had coaching sessions with Jonathan Moss, an inspirational coach, and each time I find his sessions very useful and worth while. He made me run before launching to warm up, gave me two priorities on the water to think about and a personal debrief.

I had two bad races, but in the third race I WAS ON THE START LINE WITH MY OWN SPACE!!! :-D However, after all that hard work, hiking and concentration, I got wiped out at the windward mark because I overstood the mark on port. Following that, someone hit me on starboard. But, on the other hand it was a great feeling to have been up there with all the top sailors. Overall, I didn't have the best weekend but I will keep learning and improve for next time.

Also, I would like to thank Rooster for my Polypro leggings and top, which I wore underneath my Supertherm Longjohn to keep me warm in 9c on Sunday. They were brilliant :-D . SO THANK YOU ROOSTER!

I have got two HISC training sessions before the Winter Championships at Datchet.

Until next time...

Jenna Snedker 6164

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