The countryside is also really lovely - dotted with small towns, harbors, and there are many farms that grow delicious strawberries.
However, a lot of the time Brest looks like this:
Is that really France? Let's compare to south France for a moment:
Here I am working on technique and strategy in a group. Since the conditions are so diverse, there is a good amount of thinking that needs to happen during each stage of an exercise. All the thinking happening now is actually helping to create automatic responses to different events during a race. It is great preparation for the RS:X Europeans coming up in Sicily.
Last month I also trained in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, which is one of my favorite venues. Here I worked on technique and equipment with a fast group. Both sessions have been productive and not too bad on the budget.
Being on a budget means your $50 wetsuit from Decathlon is also 6 years old. Anyone want to sponsor a new sailing wardrobe?I'm looking forward to training and racing in Sicily. The event isn't "important," as it's not a qualifier for either the team or the country, but it will be very competitive and therefore a good test of the skills I've been practicing this month. It will also be a performance benchmark before the Worlds, and will serve to delineate the most important things to improve before entering the major events of the fall and winter.