April started off with a bit of a bump for the Match Race girls. We were training in windy Cadiz with fellow Sperry team mates Sally, EK and Alana, we had a bit of a windy week with a few of the days called off with gusts of 40 knots. Luckily it was still sunny! On our last day of training seemed a little lighter to the previous days but still probably averaging around the mid 20’s with big gusts. We managed to capsize the Elliott, yes a keelboat… We were doing a training race, heading down to the finish and all of a sudden we nose dived resulting in a bang on the head and a trip to hospital for Lucy from hitting her head whilst under water. The bump of the head resulted in 10 staples in Lucy’s head, luckily she’s all good now.
The next day we headed off to Palma for the Princess Sofia Regatta. We had a good first half of the event but unfortunately got knocked out in the quarter finals so ended up 6th overall. Palma is one of our favorite events, it’s an awesome city, good shops, good sailing (when there’s wind) and a very good 3 course tapas restaurant for only 10euros, bargain!
We were then back to Weymouth for a week’s training with team 7 before heading off to Hyeres. It was windy and very cold; apparently we missed summer when we were out in Cadiz back in March.
Moving onto Hyeres was once again, a windy week for us meaning that the organizers struggled to get racing in on some of the days. We ended up 4th overall after only completing the round robin. It was a week where we either had nothing to do on the days because of too much wind, or we had an 8.30 start finishing gone 8pm. We were very lucky and grateful to have the team chef out there which was incredible.
After a long drive back we got to go and see the newest member of the Match Race Team Archie, he is a big fan of the Sperry’s already!
Now back to Weymouth…