We picked up where we left of yesterday at the SB20 nationals today with big winds, choppy seas and close racing. The first race saw us reach the windward mark mid fleet before a mistake with the kite cost us a few places downwind. A tough second upwind saw us fighting to stay out of the bottom three. Three more races followed in the next three hours making it a physically tough day. These three races were all very similar generally finishing in mid fleet. We were very happy in with our downwind performance but we struggled upwind. We haven’t quite got to grips with our upwind modes yet and we feel we haven’t got the boat set-up quite right. This is making us suffer upwind in what is an extremely competitive fleet.
This has really highlighted that success in any fleet is all down to hard work and time on the water. The success we have had in the J24 this season has come from years and years of advice from other J24 sailors, training, tinkering and event experience. The team had to first experience what it was like at the back of the J24 fleet many years ago finishing at the tail end of the fleet at the British nationals. The SB20 fleet as a whole have been very welcoming and have already given us a lot of advice, we plan to take this on-board and try to move up the fleet over the next few races and events.