Will Street

  • Transitional Squad Training Camp WPNSA, 16-19 February 2012

    The three new ‘Help for Heroes’ boats required some modifications and so the first day of the camp was scheduled for boat work. Dad was not too well so we missed that day and travelled down to join the camp for the second day.

    Steve, Craig and myself were joined by Megan Pascoe, from the Performance Squad and Carol Dugdale who took delivery of Dave Sandles boat and was invited to join in the training camp. It was great to see Dave again and he brought down his hand-cycle for me to try. It was really good fun and I could see how having one would help me to improve my aerobic fitness. Another thing to add to the wish list! We sailed on day two and did a number of mini races which was great for starting practice, boat handling and to a lesser extent speed work.

    Luke joined us for Day 3 although it was too windy to sail and so this gave another opportunity for completing some more boat work.

    The wind speed was similar to day 2 on the final day at 16 to 18 knots which was perfect conditions for the team. We again did mini races and I was pleased with both my speed and starting although my boat handling still needs improvement and in particular close quarter manoeuvring. One major problem is that the older style small rudder on my boat does not turn fully as it gets stuck on the bottom of the hull. We will replace it for a new larger type rudder, hopefully before the next Development Squad camp and so we should be able to test it then.

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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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