Just in case you were wondering who's who ...
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
It was just as well that OptiTeam member Gijs brought a friend along when he came to collect his new Windesign Speed Sail Uno; the box was more than two metres long.
We'll be watching Gijs closely this coming weekend at the Combi in Grou. He already has a fifth and a sixth in the Optimist C in the first two Combis and now with a new sail there'll be no stopping him.
Last week we had Bouke alongside with his klipper 'De Mark'. He brought the mast tabernacle we had been working on together for the last three years It was now ready to be placed on the foredeck.
Now the welding has been done and Bouke has sailed back to Schouwerzijl. Still lots to do before the mast can stand though.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
This weekend the OptiTeam were in action on the Belterwiede. Here they show off their new sweatshirts - well done Richard [and the other sponsor :) ]
We had marvellous weather but not enough wind. In tough conditions the team put on a good show.
Em, though struggling with the light and shifty wind, never gave up and was rewarded with a sixth place overall.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
It was a tired Em that rigged her Optimist on Saturday morning for the first of four Combi Noord weekends. Fortunately it was a home game at the DTP so we didn't have to get up ridiculously early.
Saturday promised wind, steadily increasing during the day and Em's results did the same - 6, 4 then a first in the 17 knots of the final race left her in first place overnight.
Sunday was much quieter and the wind was shifting all over the place. After a 15th in race four and a two hour wait on the water while the RC tried to set a fair start line the final race was going to be exciting.
Em's start was dreadful but she clawed her way doggedly past 13 boats to finish tenth, giving her first overall by one point.
A year ago she might have given up after such a bad start, now she has learnt that it isn't over 'till it's over. A sailing lesson for life.
The fifth classes of the Vrije School in the North of Holland got together for an Olympic Camp last Thursday and Friday. A great couple of days of fun and sport.
Em made it into the finals of the javelin and won by more than a metre.
She doesn't want to swap sailing for athletics though - phew!
Birgit wanted a ceiling made from planks of different widths from the word go. We made our own T&G planking on the router table and I started random planking last week. I think it is a great success and we are sure we'll do it again. It would be nice to do the floor the same way too, but that would take us over budget.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I spent a large part of this weekend's regatta perfectly placed to watch Jelmer van Beek sailing. [Ahum!]
Jelmer is a member of our club and probably Holland's fastest Laser 4.7 sailor. He's now moving up the Radial and is going to be one to watch.
There is so much to learn from watching someone that good - Jelmer trains four days a week and that is evident as you watch him move around the boat. Thanks for the lessons, Jelmer.
[and Hans Praat for the photo].