NICK CHERRY: Standing the other side of the guard wires

NICK CHERRY: Standing the other side of the guard wires

Tuesday March 5 2013 Author: Artemis Offshore Academy Location: United Kingdom

Academy graduate Nick Cherry on his role change from solo sailor to préparatuer for the ICOM Cup Méditerranée...

I've just arrived in La Grande Motte ready for the ICOM Cup Méditerranée, although not in my usual role as a sailor. Instead I'll be helping Henry Bomby prepare Artemis 23 before flying back home to race a 470 in Weymouth. I'm looking forward to working 'behind the scenes' as a préparatuer for this race. I think I know what's important from a sailors perspective, but I've got plenty to learn about looking after boats and I'm sure it'll be interesting to see a race from a different perspective. Waving the boats off at the start will be tough though, I would 100% rather be on the other side of the guard wires. These races are what all the hours spent working, training and planning are all about. When you drop your dock lines, all the stress of the build up is gone and replaced by excitement for the start and everything ahead.

Looking ahead to the form guide it will be interesting to see how the new Artemis guys get on. This years rookies have got enough experience from other offshore races to be quite happy in their preparations and most of what they need to know they will learn by them selves quickly enough. I will certainly help out where I can, but most of the hard work has already been done over the winter. It will be good to see how Henry fares against this years squad. Certainly he should have a lot more experience under his belt, but when it comes to a one design race like this anything can happen. Ed and Jack will know their boats better and will be more tuned in to the local conditions, but the longer the race goes on the more I would fancy experience to win through. There's no doubt Henry's recent time spent training at Port la Foret will have done him a lot of good. Hopefully Jack and Ed can stay cool and not get too caught up in the excitement from the start. As long as they focus on the basics like being on time for the start and sailing the boats nicely, I'm sure they'll find their rhythm.

Nick, with Henry Bomby, Sam Goodchild and Solitaire du Figaro veteran JP Mouren before the start of the 2012 race.

My season starts off with the Solo Arrimer on 11th April, before some training and a bit of a refit on 23 before the Solo Concarneau in May. I'm now working hard at looking a for a sponsor that will hopefully allow me to race in the Soliatire du Figaro in June.

Nick Cherry

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