Mermaids and Kebabs

The last day of the regatta turned into a on shore ( over the land wind ) so after sailing 3 miles downwind to the course … the wind disappeared.. floated about for an hour .. a abandoned start or 2 .. breeze came in at 10 knots and we were away .. finally got a decent start at the pin .. worked the left and approaching the top mark would have been in the top 20… got my lane into the top mark all wrong and had to gybe around … say goodbye to 20 places . Got whacked by a mermaid ( sailing term for being on the wrong side of a 30. Deg windshift ) … sigh

Race 2 – again good start at the pin – rolled over to come back centre left with the leaders …. boom mermaid again ( I came half way around the world to sail in Waiuku conditions) and we were taking the great circle route to the top mark while the fleet on our left lifts to the top mark … oh well pumping flag is up so I take a weeks frustration out on the boat ….. another average result .
So Brendan and I then start the 75 minute beat back to shore in a freezing wind with no sun.. as we watched the coach boats wiz by towing the posers back to shore … haven’t been that cold in years …. sub optimal is how Brendan and i Described the lack of love shown. I preferred to code it as

A few beers and some nuclear waste that Micheal the Slovakian called wine that his dad makes , later I was appropriately warm and had the compulsory kebab on the way home to the digs .

Tip to finnsailors – if you feeling suddenly slow and losing height then look under your boat and check your keel strip hasn’t come off during launching …. Jesus I said today as I noticed . Learnings include confirming the boat you going to get before you pay the money … assumptions are the mother of all fk ups.

So off to Barcelona and the work part of the trip starts , off to Tel Avi and then Zagreb . Looking forward to interesting stuff on this leg.

Had some great chats with some of the masters here including Marc from France and the Finnish guys , all keen to host a kiwi team prior to the World Masters in Denmark in May 2018 … planning to do boys .

The Gold Cup is likely in Palma in 2020 … the big winds and waves we saw on Weds is the norm later in the season. Won’t be for me as the Melbourne Gold Cup in dec 2019 easier . However Palma is a great place to sail especially in a sea breeze , it’s cheap once you are here . If you can get your head around the gypses and Sudanese trying to steal, beg or rig you off and the fact that the average Spaniard is out to take you for a ride … then it’s good lol

Looking forward to getting home

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