D-Day for Plymouth sailing team...

D-Day for Plymouth sailing team...

Thursday February 14 2013 Author: Sam Holliday Location: United Kingdom

After months of preparation for the Plymouth sailing team the date we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. With temperatures a touch above freezing this morning we would be lying if we said we are not hugely excited by the possibility of fast sailing conditions with the sun on our backs and the rain thousands of miles away!

The last few weeks have been hectic as I am sure you can imagine, organizing training sessions, media responsibilities and 8 lads, 4 of whom have not competed in the event before! However we are finally here, all that is left to do is pack and board the plane which is no mean feat in itself.

Firstly we must say a huge thank you to Andy Howe! Andy very kindly offered us the use of ‘Blackjack’ a J92 based in Hamble to train on. With one day called off due to snow the boys worked hard out on the water to make up for missed time, completing several
hundred miles working on the skill set required to compete to the highest level in inshore and offshore racing. During these training sessions we were able to work with several others such as Aaron Cooper a member of the Artemis offshore academy and Steve Aiken from Doyle sails. To be able to discuss offshore racing and Sail trim with experts was great and something we believe will be of great help!

Skipper Marcel is upbeat about how everything has gone to date saying “After our tough training sessions I’m becoming more and more confident in the team. We have some excellent individual sailors but what pleases me even more is the way we have gelled as a team! We certainly mean business and want to turn some heads whilst competing”

Furthermore we must thank Ramy Haykal and the Crowne Plaza for providing us with access to their hotels during several of the stopovers as the Tour unfolds. We are more than grateful and the boys will certainly be needing somewhere comfortable whilst ashore.

As many of you will know Leg 1 of the ‘Sailing Arabia the Tour’ starts in Bahrain leaving at 12 noon (Local time) headed for Doha, Qatar. We expect to finish the leg early the next morning ready for our first day of inshore racing. As a team of mainly inshore sailors this is a particular area we feel we should target and the team have asked themselves for a podium finish in every inshore race. And with the added pressure of being watched over by an ‘8th man’ (Media or sponsor allowed onboard to see the sport first hand) we hope we can provide them with a fast and winning start!

As our Gate has just been called for departure we best be off! However please find all details below on how to follow us and get involved with what we are doing! Our next release will come to you from the sunny Middle east.

If you wish to follow and get involved with us as we compete please don’t hesitate to email me on the contact details below or interact with our Facebook or twitter pages!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlymouthSailingTeam

Twitter: https://twitter.com/plym_sail_team


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