Will Street

  • 2.4mR Open Worlds Rauma Finland, 8-15 August

    Returning to training in my 2.4mR, after sailing the SKUD, I found that I had lost both speed and height. It took two weeks of two boat training, in Weymouth, until I got my technique right and I regained that advantage. Training then went well in the medium wind range, although unfortunately we did not have an opportunity to work on my lighter wind performance, which I had identified as a weakness when we first fitted the jib boom.

    The Worlds were in a very nice location in Rauma, Finland and there was a large entry of 102 boats. I had one days training in ideal conditions for me and this confirmed that my up and downwind speed was exceptional!

    The practice race was not so good. The wind was much lighter and I used a new mainsail. On the first race day we had similar wind conditions and my speed was again slow. I really struggled to get away at the starts and to make any progress during the race resulting in 56, 29 and a DNF. The wind was stronger on the second day. I also went back to my old mainsail and although I again struggled to get away at the starts my speed was good and I recovered to get some reasonable results of 10, 9, and 8. On day 3 the wind was similar but with very big windshifts. I pulled through the fleet in the first race to get to 8th but infringed Meg on the line and finished 15th after completing my penalty and re-crossing the line. In the next two races I got on the wrong side of huge shifts on the first beat and the same thing happened in the final two races on the last day, although I did get through to finish 10th in one of them. I finished 18th overall. Top 20% of the fleet and great speed in the medium wind stengths. I was disappointed with my starting, which limited my opportunity to get to where I wanted on the race course and my light wind speed. Two areas to work on before the IFDS Worlds in November.

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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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