KT4YS resident sailor Paddy Keech gave us a quick insight into Sailing the Sevens Seas indoors, by that we obviously mean training indoors and preparing to sail the seven seas! Ahoy there landlubbers…
“I had my first few squad camps which have mostly been very windy and very cold. Our first camp took us to a land weekend at Hartbury College. We were measured and weighed and then tested to our max, to see where our main areas of improvement were. This is what we would try and improve before the next testing session which would be exactly half way through our squad programme. Then two weeks later we went to Rutland for our first water based squad camp. The first day we were confronted with a thick blanket of fog which made it very hard to do anything although this didn’t stop us. On the second day the sun was shining and it was much windier so we could get some good boat handling practice in.
Our third camp was at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. It started off on the Saturday very cold but sunny as we ventured approximately 5 miles off shore to get the best part of the swell that the south west coast has to give. It was a very productive day with around 6 to 8 hours spent on the water. On the second day it was a different story however. The wind was around 28 knots with gusts in excess of 33 knots. This was a very tiring day which required a lot of concentration and physical ability also. We came off the water very tired, and exhausted.
This then lead on to our first of four Tailored Squad camps. Our first camp was on the 10th and 11th of January 2015. With the first day being 50 knots+ and the waves being 3 meters in height we were unable to sail. We still managed to maximise our time with our coach and created lost of important information we would use the following day. On the next day the wind was at around 24knots and the waves were around 2 meters in height. We were sailing at Hayling Island which is located on the south west coast. After a long 6 hour day on the water in challenging conditions we came in exhausted.
We have the Winter Championships next weekend on the 17th and 18th January at Draycote. We won this title last year and it would be good if we can retain this title again this year. The weekend after we have another squad camp at Grafham, and then we go away for a week to compete in a Barcelona Eurocup. Once we come back we have a squad camp down in Lymington and then the youth Nationals are almost upon us. Only a few weeks on from being back from Barcelona we will be competing in our first major UK event of the year. I look forward to the next few months and the challenges it will bring.”
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