August 2021

They say that fair weather never made a good sailor, and August has seen some good breezy races providing some good challenges and crazy fun.

The Swanage Sailing Club Regatta took place earlier this month which featured two days of high winds. There’s a nice write up here in Yachts and Yachting.

These were among the strongest conditions I’ve sailed in with force seven gusts and it was definitely full on.

I tried the Aero 5 sail (below) and it was manageable. The hard bit being very gusty, with a course set inshore and messy offshore wind over the town, was not being able to hike consistently. With the 5 sail there’ll be technique to improve, e.g. to counter the tippiness in lulls such as not over feathering.

I’m in 3328 enjoying the gust. Photo by Adrian Whaley.

Other than sailing, I’ve done loads of windsurfing the last weeks which works out a bunch of other muscles, and cardio at home. The next sailing event is in two weeks.

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