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over 8 years ago by Paul Goodison

Round the Island

It was off to Cowes for the annual round the Island race. On Friday I had the opportunity to sail with members of the youth worlds team in Laser SB3s. After a bit of practice with the guys it was time to head in for the football and dinner. Dinner was great shame about the football.....
After a wake up at 3.30 it was off down to the boat for 5am start.

We started well hugging the Island side as we run down to the Needles in the Volvo 60 V project. We struggled a little in the lulls due to such a heavy boat. After rounding the needles the breeze freshened and the boat started to move nicely upwind. With 2.5 tonnes of water ballast on the windward side we headed upwind just over 9 knots. Tacking took a while as the ballast had to be pumped across so we tried to avoid too many....

After a small problem with water ballast we headed round the forts and reached back to Cowes to finish at 11.30am (which seemed like early evening after such an early start) It was a fun sail and nice to see the journalists on board all had big smiles.

Its back to training in Weymouth this week were I will be sailing with the Swedish and Austrian Laser teams

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