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The end of 2014 and the start of winter training

By 30th September 2020
It’s been a long time since my last post, I've been very busy starting training in my Laser as well as starting my A-levels, and balancing both. Fortunately both are going well. At the end of the summer, having had a disappointing finish to my Topper sailing, I was somewhat unsure as to where I wanted to go with my sailing. I was undecided between sailing a 29er or a Laser, and for a while I split my time sailing both. I have finally decided to concentrate on Laser sailing at the moment. The winter is really closing in now, the long lasting warmth from the summer has finally gone, it’s getting colder each day, and it’s now time to focus on winter training ready for racing next year. This year I’m not in a squad, and after last winter, training somewhere different every month with the ITCA Youth Squad, it’s been a little more difficult to keep focused. However, now that I’m starting to get into a training routine and starting to see my improvement, I’m really enjoying it. I have had to be very self-disciplined. Recently I have been spending a lot of time getting used to the very different Laser tacking and gybing style. I’m finally starting to get a much better feel for the boat and timing needed. Another area I have been improving recently is wave technique. In a Laser it's similar to a Topper, however with a much heavier boat it’s also a lot more physical. The one aspect of training I am continually working on, no matter what the weather, is my fitness level. Fitness training is something I quite enjoy, and it's been making a big difference to my sailing. There is a lot more that I need to practice and improve before the start of the 2015 sailing season, every spare few hours I have I am spending on the water, and I’m already feeling the difference. The wind gods seem to have been taking a break recently; last Sunday was the first time in quite a while that we have had some 'proper windy' weather on the Solent. With gusts of up to 30 knots, and some fairly large swell, it was the weather I had been waiting for. It may have only been club racing, but it really reminded me just how exciting this sport can get, as well as how cold the winter can get! Despite the adrenaline-pumping sailing, this weekend was the first time that I really felt the cold. I have finally pulled my Hot Hands, and Hot Socks (my two favourite pieces of kit at this time of the year), out of the depths of my kit bag, so my hands and feet are nice and toasty once again. Although I love my Thermaflex long john for its flexibility and warmth, I think it’s time for an upgrade; I was more than a little cold coming in from racing. I think a Supertherm long john is going to be on my Christmas list, alongside the new Polypro glove liner, and new pair of Rooster gloves, as well as a whole load of boat bits. While I have the opportunity I would like to say a huge thanks to Rooster and all the team for their support this year, as well as a massive thanks to my parents and the support they give me. Without all of them I would not be where I am now.
D.Saunders Coming in from light wind racing
David Saunders

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