Thanks so very much for all the support from back home. I know the kids all greatly appreciate it.
We have just finished our third day of sailing in Bruinisse. We have had a bit of everything. As I said in the previous blog our first day was wet and grey. On our second day we turned up and were faced with very strong winds. Pretty much blowing high 20s with black squall clouds scudding across the outer harbour adding a bit more at times. With the forecast showing slightly abating winds over the day, we decided to be a little bit more prudent and had a break ashore re-convening at 2pm.
The winds were still very strong but we headed out. Most of the other teams were sailing just outside the marina. We headed down a bit further away and went out to our race area. We laid some marks and did repetition sailing around. In these conditions it is very hard to coach on water so it is more gesticulating and pointing, I must say the sailors are very good at interpreting my rather ambiguous gesturing. We finished off this session with a couple of races. The good news was all the boats got through the big winds well with no breakages (although a couple introduced some swimming into their sailing routines). It was a pretty tired bunch that began the long beat home at about 5.30pm.
Yesterday we had lighter winds and with the prospect of drifting conditions today, we decided to put in a long day. Meeting at 9.30am, briefing and preparing, then an early lunch we headed out at 11.30 and drilled until 4.30. Big wind shifts and breezes ranging from 8-14 knots over the day saw a really good session.
Socially, the parents are getting about, there are some very quaint villages dotted about the area and the local seafood is pretty good.
Last night we had a lovely drinks and nibbles night at team manager Peter Alexander’s place. Thank so much to those who put this together. Pete is doing a great job with the thankless tasks ashore, the parents and supporters are very helpful as well. The highlight of the night personally and for most of the group was the arrival of Big Alex from Germany! Anyone in the Cadet fraternity would be aware of Alex and his support of the German team and Cadet sailing in general.
Looking ahead, today the wind is a bit more than was forecast, so we may get out on the course? If so it will not be a huge session as per the last two days. We need to keep the wee ones fresh. We have some very young crews, who all are doing a brilliant job, but looking at some of the sleepy faces last night, we need to monitor this.
The day after next we are being visited by the Australian Consulate Delegate from The Hague, which I am sure will be a great thing for the sailors.