Friday, August 28, 2009

40 Knots in Weymouth

What do you do when it's too windy to sail?  A Star class sailor friend of mine says that "if you show up to the site, you have to go out."  However, he did mention that "if" is the operative word.  Although we did show up to the venue, we soon found out that all 350 youth competitors from the Bic Techno Worlds  were beached.

Only one RS:X sailor from Korea, training for the worlds, was brave enough to go out.  He got beat up and slammed for about 15 minutes, and then came back to the ramp as fast as possible.  He was greeted by a standing ovation and cheering from about 100 kids and other sailors hanging out on the club balcony.

Normally when conditions are dangerous, sailors will do another kind of workout.  I ended up going running and doing calisthenics.  It's also an opportunity to check out the area and be the tourist that you never get to be. I joined in a group of RS:X sailors visiting the Portland Lighthouse and cliffs near the seaside.

Rock climbing on the sea cliffs

  Two sailors from Canada and the Netherlands enjoy the enormous swell.

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