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Preparing for Princess Sofia

Thursday March 24th 2011, Author: Paul Goodison, Location: United Kingdom

It’s been another good week sailing in Palma and it’s finally getting warmer…

There have been a lot of teams sailing here this week, the Brits, Swedes, Germans, Spanish, Danish, and Norwegians to name a few. After a few days of individual training we all came together for three days of racing at the club Nàutic S’Arenal Regatta. With over 40 boats entered we had three long days of racing- the first two days in a sea breeze and the final day with a strong offshore breeze peaking at over 20 knots. With a mix of conditions it was nice to race on a full length course with 15 minute plus beats rather than the 5-8 minutes we have been doing in training.

I felt I raced well and had good speed. My starts left a few questions to be asked on the final day as a few of the fleet became pretty trigger happy and I was a bit too determined not to go with them starting a few lengths back in the final two races, not ideal……
It was good to win the regatta by 14 points, sailing consistently and making some good recovery’s to keep all my results in the top 4 in some shifty conditions.

Many thanks to the club for organising and putting on a good regatta, no entry fee, BBQs after sailing and a prize voucher for €150!!!!! If Carlsberg did sailing regattas????

I feel pretty tired as I have been trying to keep the off water training up on top of the sailing. I have three more days here for a bit of sailing and cycling before heading home. It’s been great getting out on the bike everyday and I ‎found a new top gear favourite road… 11km of fresh tarmac (above)!

Then it’s back out to Palma with fellow Team Volvo for life sailors for the Princess Sofia Regatta 2nd – 9th April.


Even top Laser sailors have to brand their sails!

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