It's been a while since my last post and I've been busy training hard for the coming season in both the Tera and the Feva.
In the Tera:
I've been doing training most weekends down at Alton Water
with the Eastern Tera squad
. Eastern squad training is ideal for nailing the basics in boat handling and boat speed, and you always leave training sessions feeling really fast. Also the coaches are very good at getting you into the right mindset if you arrive not feeling on top of your game, as well as being very good at giving you specific feedback. Thanks to all the Eastern coaches and congratulations on passing your coaching courses.
Also, I have been doing the National squad training, the latest training weekend was at Burton sailing club, which was really friendly, had great facilities and great people. It was the last official training weekend, however there is one more optional weekend at Weymouth later in the year. At Burton we did lots of racing exercises. A highlight of the weekend for me was the team racing we did on Sunday. Our team raced really well and were usually placed well until the leeward mark where everything always seemed to fall apart. So we ended up finishing 5th (second to last). But two of the three races we did win, we got one-two-threes in, so that was something we could be proud of. Thanks to Adam, Abi, Flynn and Matthew for the coaching over various weekends.
In the Feva:
We raced Alton Waters Frostbite series, a very popular series that usually attracts over 100 entries, and this year it was as good as ever! With excellent courses and races managed by Martin Pavey and the other people on the committee boat, there was close racing throughout all of the fleets. We finished third, having missed quite a few of the weekends in the series for training so that was a good result. We have been training on Saturday mornings with Sarah Bines who has helped us work on downwind angles and boat handling skills in the Feva. Also it has been useful to work with someone who has been sailing double handers for a long time and compare how rig setup differs between boats with only one sail and those with three like the Feva. Thanks Sarah for all the help.
We also joined the Burnham Feva squad called the Burnham squiddes
. A squad coached by Jonathan Lewis, it is great training, very fun and also a great group of people. It has been great to be included so quickly and be able to fit in straight away and start getting down to training.
Through the Squiddies we got invited to the HISC Feva all squads training last weekend. It was a weekend of practice racing against other squads from around the country. On the first day we did five short races with coaching in between and briefings before and after with our squads coaches. Then on the Sunday we did three championship style races again with coaching inbetween, before and after. Before racing on the Saturday, we put all the sponsorship stickers onto the boat that Rooster sent out last week. It looks really good! The results were recorded on the Sunday. We finished 17th overall, it was a hard weekend and only the 14th time we had sailed the Feva. So we were really pleased with the result. Thanks to Jonathan for the coaching and Issy for working really hard over the weekend and putting up with me.
Thanks to all the help from all my coaches.
Matt, Tera 984 and Feva 5174