Coaching Session

I was fortunate to have a coaching session with Sam Whaley, British Sailing Team member this week. It was an enlightening experience and looking at my notes, I have a lot to work on and practise which is great. Thanks Sam.

I also used my new action camera for the first time, an Akaso EK7000. The recording (clips above) was at 1080p (60FPS), it stored two files; 4.6GB 25 mins, and 3.5GB 21 mins, the battery died after 46 minutes and some condensation appeared on the inside of the waterproof casing. This disappeared quickly on opening the case.

I think it’d make sense to dry the camera on a sunny window sill before using for the first time to clear out any residual moisture. For the money I think it’s fine.

RS Vareo Sailing Spring 2018

Looking back¬†(and #) to this time last year it looks like there wasn’t much wind on the days I went out and I was often looking forward to stronger winds.

2018 has been better or perhaps I’ve just been out more and I have some observations and learnings after my first full year of RS Vareo sailing.

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4th June Race

So this was a windy one and I didn’t fare too well. I was experiencing a lot of weather helm, couldn’t point highly and on the second lap capsized, couldn’t get the kite back in, ended up removing it and abandoning.

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Phil powering along in his RS Vareo

However, I did have two fantastic legs flying the kite up making up ground lost and learned a lot. The boat really is more stable in higher winds flying the spinnaker. At one point I caught a gust and the boat simply took off ūüôā Grin!

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First race of the season

At last I got out for the first race of the season last night. The wind was very light but I still managed to get the kite up and came a respectable 4th¬†in the handicap fleet. Considering I completely messed the start up being last over the line,¬†made a few mistakes and that I’m pretty new to the boat, I’m happy with that.

I always do a mental post race analysis ¬†and it’s good to know¬†where mistakes were made, plus there are plenty of things I need to practise such as roll tacks, tacking generally, starts and kite handling. There are a few tweaks incoming on the boat too.

I’m really liking the¬†vareo and it having a kite means much more fun even in such light winds, downwind legs are fun too. I can’t wait for the next one and more wind.

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Mine is RS Vareo 239