Abbey & Evie’s Blog #1
KSSA captains Abbey Mumford and Evie Herrington are stepping up their sailing. After sailing an RS Feva XL in 2018 they moved up to a 420 in 2019 and bravely competed for the first time in the 420 world championships (quite a step up from the regular KSSA events!), then went on to beat the whole medium handicap fleet at the NSSA ‘nationals’ at Weymouth.
This year they’re continuing their progression, mixing KSSA dates with 420 regattas. We thought it would be fun, and informative, for the girls to blog about their experiences, for the benefit of all members.
So, here’s Blog #1, and it explains why we didn’t see them at Dover on Saturday…
25-26 January 420 Open Class training and coached racing at Datchet Water
Two days of coached racing at Datchet with the 420 class – two very different days, starting with a light shifty day on Saturday (just like at Dover) and a breezy and gusty day on Sunday (as you probably saw).
Saturday, we focused on starts and decision making through the seven 30-minute races on four different courses. One of our main learning points was our positioning on the start line and being able to keep a leeward gap to enable us to be able to trigger at the start allowing us to cross the line with power. All of this took place over one long session lasting five hours! We finished off the day with a debrief during which we watched videos which the five coaches took through the day.
Sunday started with a forecast of 15-20 knots, so we adjusted our rake and spreaders to better suit these conditions. Sunday’s focus was mainly on reach hoist. It was another day of 30-minute races on another four different courses doing two races on each course. We were able to improve our reach hoists due to the varied courses and many repetitions. It was a hard-working day after being on the water for four hours, but we were able to improve and practice through the day, even as the wind was building.
All of this was good preparation for the Tiger Trophy we are attending next weekend at Rutland Water where most of the 420 fleet will be racing against other classes in support of the John Merricks sailing trust – weather allowing, the forecast shows 45mph gusts at the moment…”