Will Street

  • 2.4mR Open Queen Mary, 8-9 April 2017

    My main event this year is the Para World Sailing World Championship, Kiel in June. In order to do my best at this event I am working on improving systems on my boat to reduce the time I lose around the course due to my poor co-ordination. The jib boom has helped considerably, although it has taken some time to get it right and issues with it hindered my performance last year.

    Each time I have to grab a rope it takes some time and to reduce this delay we are trialling course and fine tune systems for the main sheet, jib sheet and backstay so that I have less rope to pull in.

    My main priority at this event was to test these new controls in a race situation. Also at the last event my downwind speed was very poor which we believed was due to a fault in my jib boom. This was fixed ahead of this event and I was very keen to see if my good downwind speed was back!

    This was a great event to test these latest modifications with very light shifty winds on Saturday and 12 to 16 knots on Sunday.

    The positives from the weekend were: Great downwind speed on both days! Prestart boat handling was much better with less rope to pull in and I made good starts. Once setup, my upwind speed was excellent.

    The negatives points were: Having to switch from pulling the course control to the fine took me some time and this meant I lost height just after the start and on leeward mark roundings. Letting off the fine just before the windward mark had the same affect! It was difficult to uncleat the course controls in the stronger winds. The boom frequently got snagged whilst sheeting out at windward roundings. A separate issue was me losing considerable distance getting the jib boom out. From a race point of view unfortunately the course on Sunday was one-sided so that meant I was not able to recover the lost distance. Results.

    It often seems to be like this, one step forward and two back! This just shows how vital it was to do these trials. It is likely an alternative system is required, however, with Hyeres in just two weeks more practice will be completed and hopefully some tweeks and better techniques can be worked out, otherwise it will be back to the old setup for the event.

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At the age of twelve, I was diagnosed with Freidriechs Ataxia, a degenerative genetic disorder which affects my nerves and muscle co-ordination. I have chosen not to research my condition as I would rather live for today and focus on the life I lead rather than dwell on what might be.

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