Becky Scott: First Sail of the Season

Becky Scott: First Sail of the Season

Thursday March 15 2012 Author: beckyscott Location: United Kingdom

Well this winter has been a busy one for me, fixing and mending the boat in preparation for the coming racing season. The main focus this season is the 2012 Azores race. The last few weeks have been very busy, boats are boats, the jobs list never seems to get smaller. It was great to see that all the hard work came together this weekend, for the first UK Mini Training weekend.

2012 is a big year for Class Mini sailing in the UK with two official UK Mini races and a new UK Mini Training Group.  The two UK official Class Mini qualifying races are the 290-mile double-handed Lymington–Plymouth race (6th May), which then leads into the 560-mile single-handed UK Mini  (13th May).  The UK Mini Training Programme has been set up with the support of the Artemis Offshore Academy and will run over 4 weekends from Cowes.

 It was great to join everyone out on the water for the first training session this weekend. Contrary to the usual weather in March we were blessed with perfect sailing conditions on Saturday for the first training day of the season, light airs of 10 knots and sunshine. It was the perfect introduction to solo sailing again, after a winter off refitting the boat. Despite the light winds it didn’t take long for me to remember the difficulties of solo tacks and gybes in a mini but it soon started to all fall back into place.

 Unfortunately we were not so fortunate with the weather on Sunday, it was a foggy day with no wind so we spent the day looking at setting up and tuning our rigs correctly, as well as looking at a few new ideas for improving sail trimming– all really great stuff to make us go faster this season. 

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