What went wrong?!

Work has been getting in the way a bit this last week and now my last major preworlds project is
out the door I can get back to the serious business of mothing… (more importantly, building the SS – Secret Squirrel)

So then, Weymouth…
Race one, came off the line fine went about 100 yards and went down the mine – upwind. Not had that happen before… Hmm, as I was now pointing the other way I went out right in search of clear air – tacked, got going again and went down the mine again… Not good, twice on once beat… I wound a turn of lift off and Edward was behaving again, obviously the small chop was too close to my max ride height for comfort as she was much better after that and I sailed up the fleet to 7th.

Race two, lining up for a pin end start but couldn’t quite make the buoy so went for a gibe around with 15 seconds to go and got a massive puff, leaving me a long way downwind by the time I’d got going the right way again… Seemed to sail every shift wrong and ended up 8th.

Race three – wind got up to 25 knots and I nearly totalled myself at the wing mark and had to have a lie down on the side of the boat for a few minutes to get my breath back. Turned out I had flung myself into the mainsheet bridle using my ribs as brakes, taking the bridle out altogether in the process – day over…

Sunday was much milder, but my control rod ends had decided to give up the ghost and popped off pretty much every time I pointed the boat downhill – I was around the front pack at the time and hanging on to them too so I’m pretty happy with speed and early foiling was on par with everyone else. Anyway, called it quits after that…

Well done to Si Payne, Jason gave him a good run for his money. James Roche gets the bloody well done award – hes come a long way, been putting in loads of time both on and off the water and I think will scare a lot of people at the worlds in 3+ bit weeks time.

Eeek, better get on with my boat then…