Nick Cherry: Training at Pole Vendee

Nick Cherry: Training at Pole Vendee

Wednesday March 14 2012 Author: gbrnc13 Location: none selected

Last week we took the guys at Pole Vendee up on their kind offer to join in with their training in St Gille Groix de Vie. This training center on the west coast of France is home to two very accomplished Figaro sailors, Morgan Lagraviere (top rookie in the Solitaire last year and 7th Overall) and Gildas Mahe (funny guy and wise old Figaro hand). They are both high level sailors and have a really nice, chilled setup with a preparatuer, team manager and guest coach Dimitri Deruelle as well as two visiting sail designers on one of the days. So although we, or more me than Sam whose French is quite good now, made hard work of the French discussions and forced a little English on them at times, we were certainly honored to be asked to come and make up the numbers.

Nick cherry

Over the three days we got a full range of conditions from 30 knots and waves to 6 knots and flat water with the sessions involving a lot of straight line speed testing and usually ending with some small races. I was particularly impressed with the discipline and intensity of these days and it reminded me of the time I spent tuning with the Yngling girls before Bejing in 2008. Training in a group of four is a lot easier than eight or ten boats, even if it makes the racing a little demoralizing at times with the standard other boats ensuring any mistakes were punished.

Artemis kite

On Friday night after another long and mostly incomprehensible debrief, we headed back out and made the 15 mile trip down to Les Sables d'Olonne where all five Artemis boats are now sitting ready for the start of the Solo Figaro Massif Marine. Between now and then things should hopefully be quite relaxed with measurement check to complete, a couple of last minute boat tickles and plenty of time looking at race strategy.

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