So this is the first open following winter training, and the second event I've done since I've been sailing the 300. I'm looking forward to it, but with a sense of nervousness and trepidation (obviously developing a state of 'high arousal').
The sailing is at a club called Beech Bough, a 250 acre reservoir in
Kent. I'm no judge of inland waters, but 250 acres sounds Quite Big,
and looks to have attracted a good number of 300 sailors. The weather looks a bit mixed, it strikes me as one of those forecasts that is pretty much meaningless 5 days out. But if the forecast is correct, it shows a nice variance in conditions. But one thing that is certain is that it will be cold on the Saturday night sleeping in the van!
The last time I sailed on inland waters was crewing at the ISO Inland Championships, which was held in a gusty October force 6. After the umpteenth tea-bagging upwind, I declared to my helm that this was to be the first and final event in my inland sailing career. [I should point out, the tea bagging was not his fault, the heading shifts were significant and immediate, and we couldn't see them on the water before they hit, they seemed to come down onto the boat from on high. Horrible]. Unfortunately the entire 300 open calendar appears to be on lakes this year, so I'm breaking the declaration and embracing the challenging conditions of my 300 inland brethren!
If I have a bad day on Saturday, I plan to get fully involved in the refreshments in the evening to the point of not being able to operate my iPad for blogging. Come to think of it, I'll have the same approach if it is a good day. So no updates before the end of the event.