Spring Optimist Interligue Regatta in Hyeres : 26-28 March 2016
On the 26-28 March, I was back in Hyeres for the first “interligue” regatta of 2016 with my sister. My objective was to finish all the races – this might seem a strange objective, but I injured the tendon in my thumb at the end of February and haven’t been able to sail since. So this was my first time back on the water and I wanted to see how my thumb held up.
My sister was hoping for a good result in the minime (senior) fleet too, especially after her 2nd place overall in the last regatta at Hyeres in February.
On the first day we rigged and prepared our boats, it was hard with my thumb so my mum helped me with some things. Mum said she was glad we ordered a big size for the Rooster Pro Aquafleece top as it worked with the strapping I had over my wrist and hand to hold my thumb in place!
The Saturday was a bright sunny day with around 7 knots of wind. A good day for our Rooster Sun Visors!
After we had a briefing we went on the water. The committee took a long time to set the marks, but finally the racing started. In the first race I went right because the right side paid, I finished 9th in that race and was quite happy because with my thumb it was harder than usual. We started a second race, and even though the pin end paid for the start, I stayed nearer the committee boat end because I wanted to go right as the wind was forecast to swing right. I got a good start, went right and the wind swung right, so I was in the lead, but finally the committee cancelled the race. It was a bit disappointing. We went back to the port.
On the second day, it was much colder and quite cloudy. I was happy to have my warm Rooster Aquafleece Beanie as well as my Rooster Pro Aquafleece top. We sailed 3 races and I finished 7th, 3rd, 15th. I was quite happy with the 3rd place and also that my thumb was OK. On the final day we had two races, and I finished 5th and 8th to finish 6th overall. Not my best result, but I have tested my thumb out now and the results were still not bad for an “interligue” regatta. The benajmin (junior) fleet winner was a Swiss boat.
In the minimes (senior fleet), my sister didn’t have her best regatta. She was consistent though, but consistent in the 20s! She’s now training hard for the upcoming CIP (Coupe International de Printemps) which is a week long regatta in Marseille in mid-April, and is used to select the teams for international regattas this summer.
Thank you to Pierre Patule for the great photos! Merci Pierre!