Hard to think of a better way to start the day than an intensive sail on the Star boat in 12 knots of breeze on Pittwater.
An hour or so of boat-handling drills and home for brekky by 0900. Not all bad.
Perfect preperation for the upcoming Spring Championship to be held in Annapolis, USA in May. Picture courtesy of Michael Dunstan.
Earlier this month, Iain Murray and I were selected to join the Australian Sailing Team, which is a squad of Australia’s best performing sailors from the eleven Olympic classes.
We attended a two-day series of meetings and presentations and a dinner at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron to launch the new concept of the AST. The main objective of the Sailing Team is to win medals in Bejing through a more focused approach from the management and for the sailors to be better supported and coached. There is also better oppurtunities for the sailors to share ideas and experiences across the classes by mixing together more than in the past.
The team has it’s own website (linked on the left side of my home page), which has well wriiten biographies of all the sailors by Yachting journo Di Pearson. There is a whole lot of info and pictures there.
Congratulations to Yachting Australia for getting this far.
Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Rob Bell, representing Australia and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia finished second in the Nations Cup Match Racing Regional Final held in Auckland over the past few days. They were beaten 3-0 in the final by New Zealand’s Simon Dickey, but there was some controversy as the boats got back to the dock.
On April 12th I was involved in my first motorcycle accident in almost three years of riding around Sydney.
I was travelling south on Eastern Valley Way, heading to the CYCA for a match racing coaching session with Seve, Sam and Rob. It was about 3pm. (more…)
On Easter Monday, I accompany the Match Racing team from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia to Auckland for the regional qualification regatta for the prestigious ISAF Nations Cup.
I am with the team in the role of coach. My team is Seve Jarvin, Rob Bell and Sam Newton. They are highly credentialled in the youth ranks of match racing, having had success in most of the youth events around the world.