Will Street

  • Princess Sofia EUROSAF Palma, Mallorca, 1-4 April 2015

    Finally I had the jib boom fitted to my boat which is basically self tacking and replaces the whisker pole downwind making it much easier for me to sail and hopefully reduce the time I lose pulling all those ropes. We completed some development of the system over the winter but a months training in Palma ahead of the event was critical to getting the boat and me, up to speed with this major change. I was lucky to be invited to join Bjørnar Erikstad and Helena Lucas for two weeks training in March. This was an excellent opportunity for me to accelerate my learning of how to get the best out of the jib boom. I learnt so much from these two and from Bjørnar’s coach Jobcob Haug. Initially my boat speed was slightly down, however, I was able to work on improving it both up and downwind and made gains each day.

    I did an extra weeks training, on my own, as the previous two weeks dad was again out in a RIB. We worked on starting and mark rounding, which I managed to improve ahead of the event and then did a few days training with Meg and Rob.

    The event went well for me and I got my first major race win and finished 4th overall. The jib boom was working well and has greatly reduced the number of boat handling errors I previously used to have, due to my poor co-ordination. It was great being able to ‘race’ other boats and be able to tack and gybe when I wanted to! My speed and decision making was pretty good. I believe more experience racing at the front of the fleet will further improve my performance.

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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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