Archive for Juli, 2010

worlds 2010!

Freitag, Juli 16th, 2010

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Chapter 1- Pre-worlds:

After quiet some hassles, unprepared and with much more enthusiasm than even confidence we decided to sail the worlds…

Ok, first there was the small problem of finding a crew….

….but we searched and found: Emma, experienced sailor from Greece/US visiting the Netherlands for 3 month!

Having made Emma honourable Jabbadabbadoo team member we left for our great mission – to the sea and beyond! (though not under hopefully).

Well, the weather forecast was awesome and the wind was predicted very mild: – Exactly what we hoped for being 80kg underweight to start our biggest adventure in the J so far….

 

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Chapter 2 – training and training races:

Emma with all her experience in sailing was helping us a lot to understand the starting better, but for the rest we were still busy with the boat handling and learning…

As Emma had never be on the bow before, nor have I been ever before trimming the spi and jib. We asked for an adventure and there we were…

 

The trainings race was superb, in fact it was almost the best race of the complete week and not only because of all the Dutch boats bailing out to see the football game (thankfully the soccer worlds championship was organised for our entertainment at the same time as the worlds for the J22!)

And in addition the weather was almost like in the Caribbean! What a great feeling being out on the North Sea (for the first time ever on the sea with the J for us!!!!!) sailing with 30 degrees and a small breeze…. Woheeee…

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Chapter 3 – races:

Starting was still a complicated thing, but even more frustrating was the inability to point as high than other boats. However, our goal was learning, having fun and having one boat behind us. Thank you Papy J 🙂!!!! Even when the first boats of the fleet were sailing away like on wings we still were left with the tail of the fleet, battling for some points!

And battling we were…

against the wind (which was picking up and giving us great experience in constant planing for one race – I am not commenting on my muscles though…)

against the marks (yeah ok, against the other boats trying to be at exactly our spot while rounding the marks…)

against the current: Tjonge Jonge needing 6 tacks to approach the mark when it’s in front of you is teaching you a lesson!

Against ourselves: Keeping motivation, enthusiasm and fun

Against our boat: trying to get it pointing and fast

And we won!

At least most of the battles!!!

We learnt the roundings, the playing with the current (after our first attempt were we were loosing 10 places we managed to gain them again in the next leg of the same race!), the keeping of the smile in the face and in the end even a partial win against our J making it pointing higher and faster…

 

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Resume:

So we had everything: wind, fog, sunshine and tropical temperatures, being last, seeing a mast breaking on another J, discussions and definitely not as a least learning and fun!

Our nicest present though was the last race where we had 8 boats behind us and finally started again to believe in ourselves!

It was a week of muscle pain, exhaustion, learning and great fun. And I am very glad and happy to experience this together with Stan and Emma 🙂

And now…. To the stars!

 

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Worlds 2010 – from our guest sailor Emma!

Freitag, Juli 16th, 2010

While I was minding my newly-started internship and my two-week-old move to Holland on a quiet Wednesday afternoon, they found me ! Stan and Nadine replied to my J22 forum post and magically asked me to sail the worlds with them , even though I had never seen a J22 boat before in my life…probably they didn’t know what mistake they were up to! I jumped up and down in disbelief of my good luck ( I didn’t know about the bruises then ) and soon everything was set to go to the worlds.

 

The big bet was to become in two weeks best friends with the spinnaker pole and  the ropes in the bow and get over the fact that I had to stand on a boat that was occasionally tilted 45° degrees. Overcome with joy, I promised I’d do my best (everything goes for a week of sailing) and here we were in Scheveningen under the bright sun,

rain, gusts, fog, rainbow, me and the Italians getting a tan and the rest getting burnt.

 

 

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My favorite moments ? Two. The start that everyone thought we were early, but I’m sure we were fine, and the last race, when finally things started to piece together : for a change, we had speed and could point higher than the previous days.  A favorable wind shift along with good use of the strong current and we passed 8-10 boats ! First time this happened !

 

Although my frustration was evident during the week due to fouls at the buoys and our inability to point higher, which was visibly making us lose by the boats we were starting with, halfway I started realising that our learning curve was taking place during the race. We were less experienced than the rest, didn’t know each other, made plenty of mistakes and STILL we were not last, were really close to the fleet, I was learning a new boat and position and the guys were finally sailing a J22 in the sea with waves.

 

Happy ? Of course. Thankful to Nadine and Stan for welcoming me ? Clearly. For extra happiness, I remind myself that they didn’t lose me in the sea one day when I slipped.  My saviors !

 

Emma

 

Jabbadabbadoo!

Donnerstag, Juli 15th, 2010

Pleased to meet you! We are the NED1360: an old boat with a big reputation, but with a new name and a fresh team. Most of the J22 sailors look back to extensive experiences in all different kind of boats and at large regattas. Many seem to be even born in an optimist!

 

Not us. We learned sailing only some years back and are participating in competitive races for about 3 years. We usually sail dinghies at the other small club harbour of the Braassemermeer and discovered this great fleet of one-design keelboats right in our backyard. So we decided to get one 😉

 

Buying a boat was easier than sailing it well, or even getting crew to sail it at all. So for example we only committed ourselves to participate in the Worlds at the very last week when we finally got our team complete. And our objective for the Worlds was to learn and to catch the tail of the fleet, and maybe, just maybe, to leave a boat behind.

 

But we enjoyed an awesome world cup in Caribic Scheveningen, also thanks to all the advice we got from everyone during our first year in the class. And the nicest thing, we were not last!

 

We are looking forward to learn so much more, to a great new world of sailing experiences and to `gezellig` social programmes with all the other J-sailors!

 

NED1360 Jabbadabbadoo! Nadine & Stan