After Palma we have moved up to 5th overall in the ISAF Rankings!
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The Palma ISAF WC was the first regatta of the european cicuirt. We had two solid weeks of training with the Aussie Nacra 17 Squad prior to the regatta, where we made some big developments as well as point out a lot of areas in need for improvement. For the regatta the winds presented some challenges for WD Sailing with the first 2 days of racing in very light winds. With the goal going into regatta to improve on starts, particularly in the light winds, these conditions gave us a good opportunity to see what we could do. We were happy with the improvement from Miami but still aiming to push harder on winning the starts in Hyeres, so watch out Nacra fleet!
It was really great to race a top fleet again with certan countries showing different strengths. With 72 boats, the fleet split into two and once the fleets were seeded into silver and gold that's when the wind started to play ball with some hectic gust around the top marks and the top 10 boats just chilling at the top mark until they were game enough to bear away. We pushed hard but we were too much in survial mode and know we can push it harder next time. These strong winds made for an interesting spectacle and showed what awesome boats the Nacra 17s are.
The temperamental winds persited throughout the regatta but the race comittee was able to get a total of 10 races in for the series. It wasn't our best regatta results wise, however with the quality of the fleet and the lessons and motivation we have taken away from it, it was a very successful regatta. We placed 16th overall and are now in Hyeres, the venue of the next World Cup event working on the elements that we need to improve on so we are ready on the 20th to battle 82 Nacra 17s with determination to execute and improve on our results.
Zhik have been providing WD Sailing with their on-the-water gear since 2010. Zhik is now also the official supplier of the Australian Sailing Team.
Check out this video of Jason and Lisa talking about the T2 Trapeze Harness.
WD Sailing went into the penultimate day of racing in 12th position, needing two good races to move up into the top 10 the medal race.
Light winds made the going tough in The Hague, with a thunderstorm also slowing down proceedings. Nevertheless, the gold fleet managed to complete two races, with WD finishing eighth and fourth. The results moved the us up to sixth overall, just seven points off the bronze medal position ahead of the final race double points medal race for the top 10.
Here were Jason's thoughts on the day:
“We sailed a very consistent day with an eighth and a fourth which we were happy with. On multiple occasions we had to fight our way through the fleet but we were happy with the way we sailed. The boat felt good and we felt alert and smart, overall it was a great day as we jumped into the top 10 and the medal race."
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2013 was a year to learn the Nacra 17 and get a feel for Olympic level sailing. WD Sailing had a challenging yet successful year competing in as many regattas as they could from April - July. The succeeded in their goal to place in the top 10 at the World Championships and qualify for the Australian Sailing Team.