Day 1 & 2
Well it is a dream come true to be here and regitering for my frst PWA event. The first two days we had no racing due to a lack of wind. The weather was amazing and extremly hot but the the trade winds just didnt come through.
Today the racing started at 10.30am where I was in the second heat. I was quite nervous as it would be my first time sailing against all the names I hd only ever heard of. I started the race really well with Jimmy (North, Starboard) below me and Pierre Mortefon (North) above. I managed to come out third and hold that until the third mark. I stupidly relaxed nd just wanted to make sure I stayed in fourth so I would progress to the next round however let a local come in the inside at one of the marks (lesson 1 – dont take the foot off the pedal). As i didnt finsh in the top four I didn’t progress to the next round and watched the rest of the first elimination. Pierre ended up winning this entire elimination.
This elimination i was fired up. I didn’t look at who I would be racing but I knew I was in the first heat. I was to sail in a really stacked heat where I managed to beat Arnon Dagan (lesson 2 – don’t look at who you are racing). It was a hectic race where I had a great start and managed to hold my position throughout the race. In the next round I was unable to come in the top four so didn’t make it to the semi-finals.
This was a great where I progressed again to the next round. the next race I again didn’t look at who I would be racing but knew I had to push the line hard otherwise Cyrill M, Taty Frans, Julien Quentel, Tristian Algret and Cousin. The first sequence Roberto was over early so we had to re run the heat. The next sequence I made some great room for myself. I pushed Julien up so it gave me heaps of room at the mark, I powered at the mark but was called over early. I must say it would have been a very close call as I thought I was on the button and even Taty thought I was perfect. Neverthless I was over early so bring on the racing tomorrow!!
“If you aren’t pushing the limits, you aren’t trying hard enough”
The wind was a little bit gusty and had filled in much earlier than usual. I went out wanting to play it a bit safe in the opening heat which is where I went wrong. Instead of going on my Isonic 107 I went on the 87 and just had no power out of the gybes. I battled for fourth but just missed out.
To be honest I can’t actually remember how this heat went. All I remember happening is being hit at the first mark and almost overtook on the final straight but didn’t have enough time.
This elimination went a lot better. I was a little bit annoyed with how I had been sailing and went out maxxed on 7.0 and the 107. I managed to dominate the start and went through to the quarter finals.
The quarter final I had was absolutely stacked! I was up against Bjorn, Antoine, Tristian, Cousin and Cali. I nailed my start where Antoine tried to luff me up on the start. He overtook me nevertheless (as he has freakish board speed). At the first mark there was a huge battle with Bjorn to lead and I was in fourth. I held my ground until the third gybe where i went easy and Cousin came on my inside. I chased and at the final gybe went on his inside. I however couldn’t get my back foot into my foot strap and he beat me by no more than a board length! I was guttered as it was my stupid mistake that gave him the opportunity to overtake me!
This was a great first heat. I managed to get a cracker of a start and held my position throughout the race.
In the quarter finals it was again a huge battle. I was up against Quentel, Mortefon, Angulo, Tristian and Matteo Iachino. I had a good start but Angulo hit me on the start line which made both of us have a bit of a slowdown. We continued and Annulo slowly powered past me where I was sixth at the mark. Unfortunately Tristian and I couldn’t gain on Angulo on the straights. We would make lots of ground on each gybe but he was just to fast on the straights.
The beauty of weighing 110kg!
The opening heat I was late to the start, I managed to catch up on the straights. I overtook two guys with good board speed and gybing which meant I went through to the quarter final.
In the quarter final I had an average start where I got rolled by Iachino and Questel. At the first mark I went on the inside of them and then Cali hit me. He somehow thought he could go inside but couldn’t. This made me crash and it was catch up from there.
Today the forecast didn’t come as expected and was overcast in the morning. This made the sea breeze kick in later which is why we only completed one round.
I wasn’t sure if I would end up racing today as I had hurt my ankle really bad the night before. I felt I had tweeked my ankle while sailing in the final elimination the day before, but didnt even think about it and kept sailing. That night I rolled my ankle really bad, where I was struggling to have any weight on my foot at all.
In the morning I slowly walked to the containers, It wasn’t as windy as forecast which meant I had more time to relax and take the pressure off my foot. Before racing started I went to the medic area where they strapped my foot and gave it a massage. Before the racing started I went for a quick session to make sure I could actually sail. I decided to race regardless as it was only one elimination and I didnt want to just give up. I went out and it was 7.8 conditions but my ankle couldn’t deal with that so I sailed with the 7.0 and Isonic 107.
The race started and I had a relatively good start, however as I couldn’t apply full pressure I got rolled by the majority of sailors. From here it was catch up, I was given the opportunity to overtake at the second to last mark. Usually it would have been easy to avoid him and overtake however, as I tried to change my angle I twisted my ankle in the strap and instantly stopped turning leading me crashing also.