May 2017 Blog

On the first of May I had my first race night at Brixham Yacht Club, I used my 4.7 sail (the smallest one) and got a 3rd and 4th which was an alright result as there wasn’t much wind but it was a good result for my first time.

The 6th and 7th of May was Paignton Open Single Handed Dinghy Race (POSH) but racing was postponed on the 6th due to too much wind and then canceled due to no wind. On the 7th there wasn’t much wind and I was the only racer under 18 and the only person with the 4.7 sail so I was the slowest, I came 22nd out of the Aeros and Lasers which I wasn’t overly happy with but it was an experience nonetheless.

On the 8th of may I was racing again at Brixham Yacht Club where they only did one race, I was using Radial Rig and got 1st place which I was happy with.

On the 12th and 13th of May, I had my Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition where I walked from Churston Ferrers Grammar School to Stoke Fleming Primary School and back over the two days. This was very tiring but fun and a great experience.

On the 20th and 21st of May I was at the WPNSA for 4.7 training where we practiced boat speed and rolling gybes and an upwind sailing method of sitting further to the back of the boat so the boat skims over the waves instead of going through them.

On the 22nd of May, I was racing at Brixham Yacht Club again with my Radial rig where I achieved 2nd place only because I went far past the windward mark on the first lap to a further boy about 400m further but managed to bring my race back to achieve 2nd place. This was a pursuit race so based on our handicap for our boat shape and sail size we are set off at different times and whoever crosses the finish line first wins.

On the 27th of May I went down to Brixfest to watch Mitch Tonks do a cooking demo and get some tasters, this was great food and I will be trying one of these recipes.

On the 29th of May I was racing at Brixham Yacht club again where I managed to achieve 2 1st places out of the 2 races which I was happy with putting my at the top of the series table. This was 2 1st places after the handicaps were sorted, before the handicaps were sorted I had a 1st and 2nd place against boats which are a lot faster than mine which I was extremely happy with.

I also train lots during the week and on my hiking bench when it is dark or too windy. I am also doing my assistant instructor course with Brixham Junior Sailing Club so I can train more people.

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