Will Street

  • 2.4mR Open World Championship Porto San Giorgio Italy, 16-22 September

    I have used the same mainsail for all the events this year and much of my training and just two all purpose and one light jib. As you can imagine these sails were past their best and I planned to get some new ones before the World Championships, unfortunately, North had sold out and so I had no choice but to use my old sails. Matt and Ben trailed the boats and RIB down to Italy with a van and so we threw in a tent and decided to camp and keep the costs down a bit. It worked out quite well only problem was, I kicked my wheelchair one night just before the event started and broke a toe! I was well looked after by the event organisers and doctor. My toe did not cause me any problems.

    90 boats entered these Open Worlds which includes both able bodied and disabled sailors. The venue was really good, the on shore organisation was excellent and even the Adriatic Sea water was warm. I had good speed most of the week and generally moved up during the races, from my first mark rounding position. Mid week I did not do quite so well in the windier conditions. This was mainly due to me not being so comfortable in the boat as the seas were very confused. I needed to hold on to stop being thrown around too much and I think this affected my concentration. I did not setup my boat right and had too much weather helm. It was only afterwards when I was talking to Meg that she reminded me that more backstay would have naturalised the helm! I currently sit on the bottom of the boat but need to develop a seat providing better support. I was very pleased with my 23rd place overall.

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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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