Today is the third day here in our training on Mallorca. We have had different conditions throughout from strong winds to no winds at all. Here are some pictures with captions of what is going on:
Here we are “aligning”, where we just go on in the same direction for hours to reach the maximum speed the boats. This is achieved by starting of with one boat at speed x and attempting to overcome its speed by adjusting settings such as sail structure, vertical and horizontal trim (pitch & yaw and roll) and many other variables until someone exceeds the speed of the first boat. This is done until the speed can no longer be improved. We are the boat on the very left, leading (Number 700)
A basic upwind position (Upwind = sailing towards the wind at an angle of about 40° to the wind)
Manoeuvre practice around two marks that form an eight
Me and my sailing partner, Lennard Arnold, just before a gybe (turning the reer of the boat across the angle of the wind)
First damage – Tuesday, An accident during amanoeuvre lead to a hurt knee and a broken “wing” of the boat. The “wing” is an extension of the main hull to give us more leverage to balance the force of wind acting on the boat. In strong winds the boat accelerates so fast, that foot straps are necessary to hold the sailor in place. The image above shows what happens when the boat does accelerate and you are not ready for it to do so in that moment.
That is it for now. Feel free to ask any questions.