Monday, 23 August 2010

I love it when we lift off.

We are screaming down the run at about 24 knots and I can hear Nathan behind me. Or rather his music pumping out of his boat. He played it every race. On the way upwind he passed me and I passed the committee boat. The race officer gave me a high five and I didn't have to do a 360 as a result. What a class we have.

I was a bit out gunned by Nathan and Bora. Inland sailing it seems isn't a strength of mine and I failed to consolidate when I got into the lead at times. I started OK but faltered a bit mid week. I didn't feel that great and when you are a bit flat things become hard work and don't always go your way. Anyway I tied with Scott on points, but he got it on count back. I would like to congratulate those three wonderful guys and to thank them for coming. It is an honour as always to sail against them.

The finishing line was just behind that bush..

I had a great battle with Arnaud for the European Championship. For me it's a special trophy. It's the first one I ever won. In anything actually. When I was down once it was more than just a trophy. It was something to look at. It reminded me that in one small tiny area of life, I was at least good at something. Now it's back.

Bora and I drove to the airport together. We talked about what it's like to go away and how its easy to get carried away with being too single minded about winning. Sometimes you just have to count your blessings and acknowledge that you are unbelievably blessed to be doing what you do. Switzerland did that for me.

I would like to thank KA Sail, Zhik and Abarth, and those close to me for their unwavering support and belief in me during 2010. By what ever means I now have all three trophies. I will always be in your debt.



Bora Gulari said...

It was a joy to ride and race with you. I am glad you made it home safe.


phillippe oligario said...

Don't think for one minute that what you have achieved in 2010 has been ignored! Triple Champion has probably put you in the "Federer" league of moth sailors!

Interview to follow shortly made all the more sweet by the hat trick.

Congratulations and likewise, it was an amazing moment (albeit fleeting) in the last race up the first beat when I was actually in the leading pack!



Patrice A. said...

Congratulations, again!
I wish I could have seen it all, but loved the videos instead. Moths do fly high.

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!, on a different note what is happening with the new KA technora sails, the 14 and 15??