Hi its Matt Smith here.
I've had an intresting two weeks since my last blog post with two weekend's training and racing.
Last Saturday was the penultimate training session for the eastern squad this winter. We split into groups and started with some drills, hardening up then tacking on the whistle, bearing away then jibing on the whistle and some figure of eights round bouys close together to improve reactions.
At the end of the session we came together for some racing, there where seven races and my results were: 4 firsts, then a very near last as I capsized on the finish line whilst sailing downwind (something I need to work on!), then a fourth and a second.
The next day was club racing and it went well. Two seconds to close friend and occasional training partner Dylan was enough to put me 3rd after a disaster a couple of weeks ago when my traveller snapped.
This weekend was even more exciting.
We had our last eastern squad training session for this winter and the national squad had there last training session at Alton Water, where we train. We had a morning's normal training then went out in the afternoon to race the National Squad to see how we compared. The Pro's from the Eastern Squad did fantastically, I got two thirds, one fourth, two top tens and a top 15. Lucy Greenwood one of my regular training partners did fantastically and got a first in one of the races.
The day was fantastic fun and I made loads of new friends with people in the National Squad and Im looking forward to seeing them again at the next few events. More importantly we showed the National Squad that we're a force to be reckoned with!
Now all focus turns towards the Opening Season Championships at Northampton on the 28th and 29th, so I am training hard and getting as much time in the boat as I can.
Thanks for reading and happy sailing!