Archive for März, 2012

Warming Up 2012

Donnerstag, März 29th, 2012

xSpring in the Netherlands: 16 degrees and sunshine… With this it’s just a minor detail that the wind was rather on the low side.

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In one word very nice conditions to introduce our new team member Rok to the fine art of J22 racing. And good conditions to be around 80kg underweight (having “only Rok, Stan and me).
And of course nothing is as easy as it sounds, so we started the Saturday with training: tacking, weight balancing, hoisting our white spinnaker and trying to drop it again (mostly trying…).
So much did we focus on our training that we almost missed our start and had to race with the spi up to the starting area for the first race.
Anyway, despite the struggling in keeping the spi up and flying (I don’t even mention the drop) and keeping the boat flat we did improve, even only slowly on Saturday with a rather mixed series of 15 8 7 12 of 16 participants, showing that there is room for improvement on the 3 person handling and light wind sailing side.

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Sunday was the wind a bit stronger to start with (2 bft…) but with still as nice sunshine as we could wish for. The fleet now 17 boats strong (including again six boats from Germany) were all in the best mood. And despite “only” a 14th place in the first race we saw that a good night sleep helped to get the new procedures in our routine. Also Rok was getting fabulously good on the bow – we only were so far behind because a major knot in our spi made anything else impossible. So, by the second race despite a start from the 5th row (and almost a protest) we managed to cross through half of the fleet ending up 6!

Just at this moment Stan mentioned he would like to have one really good race (without hick-ups). Usually this means disaster at the next race, but this time it worked like a charm and we ended up 4th having a wonderful finishing fight where we were engaging in positioning games never known to us before.

Already super happy with the day the only left objective was to once have a good start in addition to nice sailing – and so we tried. We rounded the first buoy first and only left in the end a place to Wouter and his team (overall winner of the series), but we were celebrating with a loud Jabbadabbadoo this amazing second place!
And you can imagine who went dancing on the jetty…. 🙂

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Our congratulations also to the second ESTEC boat with Jean-Michel, Giuseppe and Denis, managing an overall second place in this warming up! Wohooo!

Last Winter Series Races 2011/2012

Donnerstag, März 29th, 2012

Finally no ice & fog and certainly enough wind (bft 4-5)! Nothing in the way to have two more races to the 2011/2012 Winterseries… So Ludo, Stan and me went to show our Jabbadabbadoo on the Braassem…

With 60kg underweight, only the three of us and quiet some wind in the sails this was prune to be difficult, but hey, if it would be easy it wouldn’t be called sailing.

So we struggled during the spi drop, hiked like crazy, got bruised and tired, fished our red beast out of the water, struggled some more, but in the end we did well, completing the series with 2x 5th place. Even if it is sometimes tense, the feeling in the end having accomplished that and improved, our skills and us, is not pricable.

Our complete series:

7 NED 1360 Stan Heltzel Jabbadabbadoo:   6 6 5 (9) 5 5

7th overall of 21 boats and 1 of 2 boats that sailed all races.

Winter is over, time for spring!