My birthday weekend in Hove was a blast but the slalom sailing was not quite what I’m used to at Brog:

Top Flight Fleet

It took a while to get used to sailing my slalom kit in rolling swell and small waves. My results were nothing to write home about but I enjoyed taking part and learnt heaps about how to sail fast and gybe in those conditions.

I had a few good starts and my speed was pretty good (fully powered / verging on overpowered on my 6.2m) but I really struggled to make my gybes on Saturday. I was a lot better on Sunday but maybe the waves made it easier to gybe, providing a flat spot inbetween. However, I decided not to race as I was getting tired and the shorebreak was building!

I’ve uploaded a few photos from the two days. Sadly the ones of me on Sunday are very blurred due to spray on the camera lens but the last few give a good idea of what people were racing in:

My photos

I’m looking forward to the next event in Poole. Hopefully it will be slightly flatter though – even if I was getting more used to the technique of sailing slalom kit in lumpy stuff.  :)