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Training – Week 1

 

“Well it’s a little time since I have done my week 1 training. Firstly I would say what a great group of people the crew were and in particular thanks to Roy (skipper) and Carol (mate).”

 

While the crew were excellent, the weather itself was best described as exciting. At one point we had 45 knots (or roughly 52 mph) across the deck but with a boat built for the Southern Ocean, she took this in her stride.

The abject weather was clearly the result of me having the temerity to wear sunglasses in England in early March. Within 5 minutes of putting these on, we had hailstones.

We did almost lose one crew member during a tack and also a very valuable plastic mug. Luckily a stanchion saved Tim and Tim saved the cup.

Level 1 is all about learning about the boat. This involved a lot of work with the sails (unsurprisingly). Before hoisting these need to hauled out of the ghetto (the name for crew quarters). This is always fun as the bag and sail must weigh around 100kg and is a dead weight. It’s a great workout though and I suspect I bulked up a bit during this week.

Adapted from Jon’s blog to read more on his first week in training please visit his website here.

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