Will Street

  • SOF ISAF World Cup Event Hyeres France, 20-27 April

    The wind was 20 knots with large waves at the start of race 1. I got a reasonable start but towards the end of the beat the wind and waves increased further and I took a large wave that half filled the boat. This stopped me from bearing off downwind until I tripped the electric pump. I was well down the fleet. I didn’t take too many risks downwind, kept my mast back and dropped my pole early to help ensure a good leeward rounding. I had a good second beat, although the wind increased further to 25 knots or more making the final downwind a bit tricky. Several boats nosedived and were submerged. I finished 13th out of the 25 starters.

    An early start to the second day as I got to the pontoon at 7.30 for a 9.30 first race. The wind was 18 knots and I made a better start and reasonable first beat to round 8th. I lost one place downwind and another two due to a not so good leeward mark rounding and finished 11th. The second race of the day was abandoned just before the finish due to the windward mark drifting and we returned to the harbour. After a two hour break we went back out again for another two races! I was very tired and could hardly lift my arms, although I managed to finish the two races but could not sail so well and finished 15th and 20th. I was shattered after 7.5 hours on the water and did not leave the pontoon until 7.30pm. The team physio’s did a great job on my shoulders that evening.

    It was too windy for any racing on day 3. The following day the wind direction was easterly and lighter at 6 knots. Another early start and late finish but we did get 3 races in. My first beat was not so good but I had a great downwind to get into the top 10 at the leeward mark. I went left but the wind went 20 degrees right halfway up the beat! I finished 17th. After another break ashore we went out again for two more races. The wind speed had increased to 10 to 12 knots. I had an ok race but lost about 5 places on the line, whilst avoiding a SKUD and finished 17th. I was really tired for the last race but sailed round for a 15th.

    It was too windy for any races on the last two days and I finished the week 16th overall. I again gained a lot of experience with two big lessons from the week; I must get fitter and I lose of lot of time through handling errors which a jib boom may help overcome.

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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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