Farr 45 Training with Rán Racing

Farr 45 Training with Rán Racing

Thursday March 29 2012 Author: British Keelboat Academy Location: United Kingdom

Last Saturday we were joined by Rán's Farr 45 for some training; having another identical boat was really beneficial, especially having the opportunity to work with one of the world's top race teams.They were kind enough to swap a couple of crew with us, which was a really good experience for everybody. The crew on Kólga learnt from professional sailors Tim Powell and Freddie Shanks whilst BKA squad member Neil Payne was dropped into the Rán team - no pressure at all!

The weather started light and patchy but after an hour a perfect 10-14kts came in. After a short warm up we quickly rolled into starting practice. The rivalry between the boats was obvious, the pre-starts turned into a match race with us on Kólga trying to get the better of Rán. After a couple of starts we would have a short race and begin the process again. The day was intense but very rewarding for those involved.

The end of day debrief was led by Ado Stead, tactician for the Rán team and also for Quantum Racing, who highlighted some key learning points around communication throughout the boat, thinking ahead of possible scenarios and dealing with the pressure of racing at close quarters.

Sunday saw very little wind but after drifting round the Solent all morning the wind eventually filled in for the second Warsash Spring Series race day. The crew on Kólga were joined by professional sailors Jonathan Taylor and Willie Beavis, while BKA squad member Alex Grant joined Rán.

After the start we had a close drag race with Rán all the way to the top mark, unfortunately for us they just squeezed out ahead as they rounded. After hoisting the spinnaker, we quickly found that the course consisted of neither a beat or a run, meaning few opportunities to try to pass Rán. We kept the gap small hoping for a way to pass in the melee of smaller boats but nothing came of it, just some very tense moments as we squeezed through tiny gaps! After returning to shore we learned that we had been over the line early; we knew we were close but obviously a little bit too eager.

For the whole crew of Kólga it was a fantastic weekend that has hopefully put us in good stead for the RORC Easter Challenge and the rest of the season.

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