Sophie Luther diary


Team Avant
 

Team Avant

The new Pindar recruit describes her experience to date in the Volvo Baltic Race
It’s pretty daunting, being the only girl here. I know it sounds like fun all the way, being out here and sailing in an event like this, but sometimes it’s pretty hard and lonely. Even getting on a plane and flying to Kiel, not knowing where I was going to stay or who I was going to sail with was a pretty big thing. But I’m not complaining! My experience is growing every day and this is a completely new level for me. I have been with the Avant crew for a week now and they have been very encouraging. I started this event sailing with the part Croatian, part Swedish team on AV-Teknik on the leg from Kiel to Warnemunde in former East Germany. It was windy and cold and luckily downwind most of the way, but I still enjoyed it even though a lot of the time I didn’t understand what was being said. When we arrived in Warnemunde I met up with Mikkael Lundh and his crew from Avant and Mikke said I could sail on their boat up to Sandhamn, if I wanted to, so of course I said 'yes, please'. Lots of the crew on Mikke’s boat are young like me and trying to develop their big boat skills, so I thought it would be good fun as well as good experience. We started in a flat calm on Sunday and floated around until Monday by which time we were all pretty tired. To make up for the inactively in the non-existent breeze, the crew demolished most of the 16 Hawaiian-style pizzas, which Johan Wigforss, one of Sweden's top Laser sailors and in charge of Avant's food - had brought on board. Unfortunately this was our food for the race and most

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