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That's sail boat racing

By Ryan Wilkinson 30th September 2020

Hamish and I went to Dabchicks for the second weekend of squad qualifiers, hoping to keep our RYA NJS place. As the title suggests it didn't go to plan.

No racing day one due to a lack of wind and spring tides.

Day two also insufficient wind however they towed out two of the three classes (oppies and toppers) and the cadets had to try and sail. Unfair racing followed with the start totally rushed in lacking wind, with less than half the fleet anywhere near the line, having launched strictly on time. The only ones there were the lucky few to be towed. So really not a happy start to the day. Managed 14 out of 27 which given that we were nowhere near the line was great. The committee were later protested against and we won, getting a redress.

Some wind came in on race two and we posted a great 5th - back on track. And still in the top 8 for the squad; great kite work Hamish!

The wind died in race 3 and we really should not have raced. Our boat stopped after a good start- we don't know why and nobody else does- any suggestions please blog in! We just could not move, were so far behind I cannot say and ended with a total disaster 27th, confused and devastated!

Possible discretionary place however not hopeful....still, we will now be first boat eligibly for the intermediate squad, with Jodie Green a great coach.

I am sure most reading will have been there one time or another, as this is....... "sail boat racing"

Happier times next time and our 4 week special training starts on Saturday.

Ryan (still fed up!)

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