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Winterseries 2011 – January

Montag, Januar 17th, 2011

After cancelling the last race because of ice, the water in the harbour was finally liquid again, but instead a gale force was blowing on Saturday… However, Saturday is training only, so there was still a chance that the Sunday regatta would take place. And one of the miracles of the Dutch weather took place:  it was gorgeous sailing weather on Sunday. Ok, one could argue with the wind being quite on the high side (gusts predicted till 32 knots) but otherwise a fabulous January day, mild (11 degrees) and sunny.

And anyway we are better when the wind is strong. Then it’s kind of binary, either we screw up or we are not too bad….

With Clive and Ludovic together with Stan I was left the only female on board (not that in the winter sailing outfit this makes any difference :)

We do have some settings for stronger winds (thanks to Travemuende), so it was a bit less guessing and a little bit more confidence during the rigging (not by much though).

And after some adventurous sailing out of the harbour (I’m certainly not allowed to share the details) we were almost alone on the lake fighting with the gusts as we started so early. Having again a new crew composition we discussed a bit about if we should hoist the spi and if maybe without gybing. However, we all know, we will hoist the spi during the race and we will gybe – so we better get on with it…

The start of the first race was not too bad (not too good either) but we had good speed and fun. The manoeuvres worked out fine, despite some close calls at the first mark where we might have been a bit over optimistic with the space available (mental note: we still need more safety margins). But it was a good race and we left some boats behind us, fighting with boots which are usually far ahead of us. Nice!

The second race took us somehow by surprise (completely our fault though as we did not get the starting procedure) and we had to improvise with the countdown. Astonishingly, this was one of our best start ever!

And we did well, we stayed for four rounds close to the head of the field. The adrenaline made us even forget how much everything began to hurt (30 knot gusts are very tiring after a while and hiking out a lot is not improving the general condition of a rusty back…)

And the best was – during our beer, when we were listening to the results (16 boats, 14 finished both races) we were predicting us around the 9th place or so, and with every place being named which was not us more unbelievable smiles were drawn on our faces. 6th. We finished 6th! What a great end result of a wonderful sailing day.



Winterseries 2010/2011 – first races 20-21 November 2010

Freitag, Januar 7th, 2011

It’s almost one year that we have our precious little J and we love it more and more.

Finally we have a great team for the winter in place: Welcome Ludo, Berit and Andreas on the 4th position together with helm (Stan), bow (Audrey) and me, nowadays on the main/spi….

So up it shall go! (In the ranking of course… 🙂



Training on Saturdays, Regatta on Sundays, that’s the formula for the winterseries and a very nice training it was on this first Sunday (20/11/2010). Mainly because we had the chance to train together with quiet some other Js and enjoyed the stress of 6 small races (and starts!) in the afternoon, together with basic boat-handling in the morning.

There was hardly any wind – which is where we are really bad anyway… So perfect training!

The mood was good (and not only because of our elected honouree crewmember called hot Glühwein…) and we had fun!

 Sunday is racing… a little bit more wind was offered to us, but generally very light conditions. To start with we have to thank a very helpful German crew helping us improving our rigging. (well, our spreader was pointing more or less in the wrong direction, namely up – must have happened on one of the mast down occasions).

Happy we had found something so easily improvable we raced two nice races in wonderful weather and not even cold!

 So, now I wished I could report o great results, but even if we are progressing it takes time (and noone is asking us how fast we would like to have it) so it was a beautiful day on the water with great company and a result in the end of 22/26. Not bad though of course we want more….



I hope to see you soon on the water again!