Archive for Februar, 2011

Winterseries February races 9 & 10

Donnerstag, Februar 24th, 2011

COLDER… Indeed, as we did not train on Saturday the first thing we did was asking in the clubhouse if the race would be started (as temperatures have been around 0 degrees and it was slightly snowing). The answer was not leaving room for interpretation: “Why? There is no ice, is there? Isn’t that what you have bought this boat for….?” 🙂

 Well, so out we went with Berit on the Jib and with some trouble getting out of the harbour with quite some head wind all the way. Lesson learnt, all sails are needed… On the open water it was not really working well either, we blew the manoeuvres and the morale was dropping below the temperature. As the first starting procedure went on with us still far away, we almost went back in, but then decided just to use the day as a training day.

But then the first start was a general recall. Despite the setbacks we set the timer on the tacktick for the second start and went on with the flow (on the unfavoured pin end though).

It was not a sparkling race, but we worked, we left all the bad experience of the previous manoeuvres behind and started fighting to gain places. And despite some less successful manoeuvres we managed to have good beats and reasonable downwind legs and finished 6 of 11! Also the second race was a mixed experience, but working together went better and ending as 7th we were happy to have achieved two reasonable races after all the mishaps and mood drops.

That day we invented a saying which probably could have been an ancient Chinese wisdom: “You gain more by improving on bad days, than by improving on good days.” Sailing is fighting against the elements and yourself, and for sure we ended the day with a proud and happy beer because at least for one of the two we earned it!

Winterseries February races 7 & 8

Donnerstag, Februar 24th, 2011

Training

I just say one word: COLD

So the only thought Ludo, Audrey, Stan and me had when driving to the Braassem was WHY…:) (repeated during the rigging when all our hands felt like falling off.)

 But the training was given by Rick Zandboer and already in the theoretical part it was clear, this was getting a good training for us. Boathandling, starts and basics – especially keeping the boat flat would be on the agenda and fitting perfect for us. So, despite the cold we enjoyed the training, worked on our communication and general boathandling and after a full day of sailing we really had the feeling of having progressed and learned a little bit about speed in lighter winds.

 Races:

Thinking we are early we started the (again cold) day with an amazing view of all the other boats being even earlier… However, we managed to be one of the first ones on the water with some more manoeuvre training ahead of us before the start of the races.

 The first race started well – we managed to keep up with the first pack of the race for 2-3 legs before falling back in the midfield. We managed to have speed which was compensating the small lack of pointing we usually have. But the real beauty was downwind when our gybe-training was paying off and we could see how to gain places with nice manoeuvres! …Or to loose them when starting tactical games with other boats through luffing along the finishing leg. Ok, maybe our roll-gybe before was a bit over-enthusiastic and the real cause of it … (ending in a broach @12kn and loosing all our nice speed…)

 Also the second race was great, even when we had to do a 360 thanks to the offset mark which was jumping just in our way… 🙂 But the strategy of gybing away immediately after the mark was gaining us places again and so could we end this day with an 11th  and 12th  place out of 21!