Will Street

  • Hyeres ISAF World Cup Event, France 20-26 April

    There was a quota of just 15 boats for this event and with all the best guys from Palma plus 3 even quicker ones, getting into the top 10 was going to be difficult.

    Day1. Race 1: Light wind 7 to 5 knots. Good start -ish, I took the shifts up the left finding a band of pressure. I finished 6th and was around 6th all race. Race 2: 7 to 2 knots. Great start, I hit the breeze in the left but came across on a bad shift, rounded 4th, then downwind I found that wind again on the same side and was leading at the leeward mark. I went back left up the next beat but no wind. Rounded in 4th gained again downwind and finished 2nd, only to find out I was over the line so it won't count. Gutted :(.

    Day 2. Race 3: Wind built to 10-13 knots, I had my light wind jib on but didn't know, oops. I was really slow and finished 11th. Luckily Carol noticed and I changed to my Medium jib between races. Race 4: Good start, rounded 5th then downwind got to 2nd by the leeward mark, held 2nd until the end, fighting with the girls (Megan and Helena) for clear air to the finish!

    Day 3. Race 5/6: 11-14 knots. Bad lane holding off the start and I was quite sloppy. I finished with an 11th and 8th.

    Day 4. Race 7: Black flag up after a general recall, I was penalised and had to miss that race. Race 8: Bad start, finished 10th.

    Day 5. Race 9: Light wind 8-5 knots, I was over and ducked back through (but not far enough). I pulled back to an 8th then saw I was still over the line, OCS. With 2 OCS's and a BFD my event was over so with 1 race to go I had nothing to lose!! Race 10, last race: Good start, was 4th at the top and held downwind. I went right for the shift to go to back and it did, but the pressure was left and Helena (Paralympic Gold Medallist) overtook, for me to finish on a high with a 5th!

    Overall I finished 11th, counting an OCS and BFD.

    My biggest area for improvement that we identified from Palma, was my downwind boat speed. Before this event we made the steering much lighter and I got some tips from Marko and Helena and hugely improved my speed downwind. Woooo!

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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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