Will Street

  • Princess Sofia ISAF World Cup Event, Palma Majorca 1-7 April

    We loaded the boats at WPNSA on Sunday and drove almost 900 miles to Palma, taking two overnight ferries on the way and arriving at Club Náutico Calanova early Wednesday Morning. On Thursday I joined in some informal training races with about 10 others. It was good to get sailing again, particularly in warm weather! My tiller broke on the way in and unfortunately I missed the training races the next day as we repaired the boat. I did manage to get out at 5pm for an hour or so. The weekend was taken up with registration and measuring although I still got in some training on both days. Most of the top Paralmpic 2.4mR sailors were here so the completion was going to be really high in the 24 boat fleet.

    On the first day the wind was about 12 knots and I had a great start to the regatta. I was just as quick as the guys around me and finished 6th just ahead of the reigning Paralymic Champion, Paul Tingley. The next race was not so good as I made a bad start and based on the weather information, decided to try the right side of the course. It was not good to see the boats behind and to windward being lifted over me all the way! I had good speed but only recovered to 16th. The wind was lighter on day two at 8 to 10 knots. My boat speed was not so good although I found better settings towards the end of the second race and recorded two 13ths. My speed was better in similar winds the next day. My start was bad as I was pushed head to wind and started very slowly and 30 seconds late. I recovered to 12th but messed up a gybe on the last downwind and finished 15th. I had good speed and sailed well in the next race and finished 7th but was given OCS. This was a shame as I thought I had just ducked back behind the line but the result was not important as I again was able to keep with some of the top guys in the fleet. On day 4 the wind was 12 knots with big waves, I was slow and struggled to get the boat setup right in these conditions. I got it better in the second race of the day and finished 16th and 9th. The final day had the most wind at 18 knots with huge waves. In the first race I didn’t sail so well and struggled a bit in the waves. In the second race I thought (wrongly) I was over at the start and returned, then spent the rest of the race catching up. The days results were disappointing, 15th and 18th.

    I finished 13th overall out of 24, a better result than I expected for my first overseas International event. I learnt a great deal and gained valuable experience. The positives were; I often had good speed and sailed well enough to be in contention with some of the best Paralympic 2.4mR sailors in the world and I have identified what I need to do in order to reduce the variability in my boat speed over the range of conditions.

    1 Comment

    • 1. Dec 13 2012 12:37PM by patrick parker PBSC

      Well done Will. We are so very proud of you and your determination. Good luck and all our very best wishes for your future from all the Parker family

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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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