Will Street

  • World Cup Event Hyeres, 25 to 29 April 2017

    My objective for this event was to finish in the top three, unfortunately whilst training in Hyeres pre-event, the shroud fixing point ripped off the side of my boat! With less than 24 hours before the start of racing it was not possible to fix. So as not to waste the trip, I was able to borrow a World Sailing/RYA boat, many thanks to both organisations. The boat didn’t have any of my adaptations on it and of course, no Jib Boom! We were able to fit my seat in, although it was really tough knowing I would lose 10 boat lengths every tack (that's an under exaggeration).

    Since I moved over to the jib boom my starting has been terrible so jumping back in this boat highlighted how much faster a conventional jib boat accelerates and this has reinforced my recognition that a different starting technique is required when I get back into my own boat. I had big problems with many things like my feet getting jammed in the foot pedals, the main and jib not cleating when I wanted them to and miles of rope getting in the way! Each day we did some small modifications to reduce my difficulty and time lost. My focus was on improving starting, developing some techniques to try to lessen the time lost tacking and getting to the first mark with the leaders at least once. Very frustrating but always things to learn and my revised objectives were achieved. Although I came last, I was still really fast upwind in a straight line! Results

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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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