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Great work Essence of Athena !!!
Day 4- was an extremely long day. At the skippers briefing at 9.30 it was clear that we weren’t going to get racing in until 2 that afternoon. So we waited around.... We then had 4 races back to back - the last one while the sun was setting. Not our best races, we had some issues with starts. But all things we knew we could improve on.
We didn’t get in until 7.30 so we headed out to dinner where we were serenaded by some VERY serious French karaoke singers. Not being deterred by their judgemental looks, Rach and Issi got up and belted our Africa by Toto. A classic that was not necessarily appreciated by all.
Day 5- final day of racing!
A day where no wind was expected so it was doubtful that we were going to get any races in. But racing actually got going pretty early with a light 8 knot beeeze holding nicely, but with extremely shifty conditions. We managed to get 2 races in. The race committee were pushing for a third, but with 2 general recalls we ran out of time.
A big afternoon followed of packing up and de rigging the boat...
Presentation was brief, but the Aussie contingent all decided to head out for dinner together which was great fun.
We’d be lying if we didn’t say it has been a difficult regatta - but it was also one filled with heaps of fun and learning experiences.
We would like to thank everyone in Hyeres who helped us over the course of the regatta. The Imp, Porco Rosso and Aeolus teams - you have all been very helpful to us over the course of the regatta and we really appreciate it. Thank you.
Back home, thank you to our family and friends for your support. Thanks Goody for answering the phone at random hours to answer our questions. A massive thank you to Rachel (or mama bird) for coming on this adventure with us and for her spectacular off-water support.
Athena sailing - Anna and Graham, thanks for your support, we very much appreciate you helping us make this happen!!
Thank you everyone for following our journey and for all your support through the regatta.
The Essence of Athena girls,
Issi, Anna, Emily and Meg. ... See more
Two days down for Essence of Athena - good luck!
It has been an interesting first few days of the regatta.
Day 1 - we had light and shifty conditions with a short chop sea state. We sailed well, reading the shifts and finishing up 19th over all. We started a second race but about 30 minutes in, before anyone had reached the top mark, the race was abandoned and an AP over H was displayed. This was followed by an AP over A later that day after waiting on-shore.
Day 2 - an early start with the first warning signal at 9am, so we were at the club in the dark around 7.30. Big thanks to Rach who was spectacular running the length of the dock to throw us out a breakfast bag of croissants!! We had a couple of starts and the course was switched around, before we finally got a race away. The breeze slowly increased throughout the race with gusts reaching mid 20s to 30s. We didn’t have the best race with a couple of bad calls and a few boat handling issues. But the main one being on the second set we didn’t get the kite up in time and we went fishing. A big tangle and the kite ripped trying to get it back into the boat. Not the best race but definitely a learning experience.
Day 3 - a 9.30 skippers meeting announced an AP over A and all racing for the day was abandoned due to strong winds with gusts up to 45-50 knots forecast. It was already apparent there was no window of opportunity to race today. A quite day around the apartment for us today....
Racing as normal planned for Day 4, with an 11am warning signal. It’s looking like a better forecast and we’re hoping to get a couple of races in! ... See more
Essence of Athena sorting out issues before the opening ceremony. Good luck team!!!
Over the last 48 hours we have come across a couple of issues with trot lines and causing a bit of damage to our boat and another boat.
There were a few issues with our rig set up, so Issi went up the mast today to check for any damage and try and fix the problem. No substantial damage stopping us. A massive thank you to The Imp boys (Smithy, Lewi and Chappo) for giving us a helping hand today! We are now back on track!
We decided not to do the practice race today due to strong winds and our judgment said it wasn’t worth breaking anything else one day out from the regatta.
Opening ceremony this evening and first warning signal at 11 tomorrow! ... See more
Essence of Athena team have arrived in Hyeres!
Arrived in Hyeres and checked out the boat. Tinkering day today! Hoping to get out on the water this afternoon!
New sailing schedule coming soon …