This week I decided to focus on getting off the line right. The last couple of weeks I had been late to the course area and being such a small line with a shifty breeze its important as ever to get off the line in the first row. So this week I got out early. I got the right end, great timing , created the space to leeward and accelerated off. The previous week I had botched the start timing but got the first shift out of the start and led for the first upwind leg. This week I got the start right and being used to sailing the bay races settled into boat speed mode only to forget its a lake and missed the first two shifts and went from first to third in a matter of minutes! After two and half hours in 5-10 knots I managed to claw back the lead and win by several minutes. It was a valueable lesson. There are two components of every start – pre-start and post start and both are as valid as the other.
Next weekend we continue our lake sailing when we travel to Lake Yarrawonga in regional Victoria where Ben and I will take out Sneaky Sailing System our Tasar for a blast at the Yarrawonga Yacht Club’s ANZAC Weekend Regatta.