Round Britain and Ireland Race 2018 Campaign – Race Training Weekend 1
Well, it was the first weekend of race training for the crew of this year’s Round Britain and Ireland race campaign.
The first day saw gusts of 30kts, which is great to show the crew how to handle the yacht and what, possibly lies ahead of them in August in the Round Britain and Ireland race. After every one introduced themselves we spent the morning going over the yacht safety equipment, made sure everyone knows when things are kept and how to use it if we need too, covering everything from fire, use of lifejackets, to VHF. Then back on deck for a briefing on rigging and sails we have to race with.
In the afternoon we headed out into the Solent for some basic training on boat handling, tacking and getting used to our new home, then back alongside for a debrief and out for a crew dinner in Cowes.
On Sunday we spent a few hours alongside getting the storm sails out, talking over when we possible may need them and how to rig them.
We also covered MOB and how we were going to recovery the casualty and what actions you have to do if you’re the MOB in the water!
The wind was 15-20kts perfect for practicing reefing so after a quick brief by me the crew dived into two teams and set about putting reefing. For a bit of fun each team timed the other to see how quickly they could do each task, after each reef we had a quick debrief on what went well, what they could improved on and as the day went on they got much quicker.
After a quick bite to eat, the afternoon was spent on MOB drills showing how we would like to recover them and then is was the crew’s turn to take over the helm and recover the fender which took us to the end of the day and back to Cowes for debriefs on the weekend and to pack EH01 away till next week.