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AFLOAT: Now or Never - Sheltering from the gales
3:00pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
SEEKING shelter has been the main aim this week with low pressure systems charging over the country one after the other, bringing extreme winds to Portland Harbour.
The container from G3 has come in to its own allowing us to drag the boat inside for protection where many of our competitors have experienced damage to their kit after leaving it outside during the gales.
It has also enabled us to carry on with some maintenance, which would have been impossible working outside.
Last weekend saw another National Ranker take place at the sailing academy with the complete UK squad present, with crews ranked number one and two in the world on the start line.
The event was a complete repeat of the week before with a forecast for 30-plus knots and little chance of running the racing.
The sailing academy and Royal Yachting Association (RYA) support team did a fantastic job of getting us on the water and completed two races before safely getting everybody to shore when conditions worsened rapidly.
Breakages were common with boats dismasted and everyone having a tale from the day but it was great to have got the racing in.
For us, there was a big step forward in our set up of the boat.
To date, we have always felt slow on boat speed in comparison to the squad boats but we tried some different settings this weekend and felt able to hang in there with the best of them, which is a real confidence-builder.
Now we can build on this setting as a starting point to find settings for different winds.
It was our plan to increase hours on the water this week having caught up on work after the worlds but, on Sunday, Alex tore a ligament in his knee so is strapped up and unable to sail.
We are hoping once the swelling is gone down that the injury won’t be major and, early next week, we can get training again.
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