RYA NJS at Rutland 2&3 April 2011

The full National Junior Squad made the journey to Rutland Water this weekend for some intensive Mirror training. We couldn’t have ordered better weather with sun and wind in perfect proportions! With our own separate training area at the club we got to work with a compass challenge on the shore to learn the techniques that we would use on the water and in our racing through the year.

With over 6 hours on the water on Saturday we really felt comfortable using the compass. It was really useful using this to help us understand what was happening on the race course. We need to all be more observant to make sure we make the most from the lifts and that we are in the right position. We are sure that this will be very useful when we start racing at the open meetings which start next week in Allendale.

We had a great evening together at the local pub. It was good to sit informally and talk about the day. The great thing about the National squad is the friends you make. So our evening meal was spent catching up and having fun.

Sunday saw an early morning run and straight out on the water for a highly competitive team racing morning to get us to think about the effects of the wind on our team member. This session was great fun and saw some very close racing which came down to wire between Tom and Niamh, Matt and Ben in one team and Rosie, Midge, Mali and Drystan in the other team. It was fought out at the final mark. Rosie and Mali both sailed hard but the boys Tom and Matt won on this occasion. We are looking forward to all being on the same team at the RYA team racing event.

The afternoon was spent pulling all our learning together. We did 3 races with no discards, using this as a great opportunity to put the compass work and the competitive team racing into our individual race plans. The shifty conditions saw some varied results but the series was won by Matt and Ben Lulham Robinson with three firsts.

The debrief with video from over the weekend highlighted how far we had come over the weekend and helped to see what we individually need to improve on. We are looking forward to our next weekend which will take place at Weymouth in a couple of weekend’s time.

Written by Mali & Drystan Harnett and Catherine Putt.

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