Terry Hutchinson reports from the Artemis Extreme 40 training camp in Miami
Greetings from Miami. It was another really great day with completely different conditions.
Today was light. Body weight in, no hull flying and LOTS of technique. Like any boat that you can muscle around and be physical in, the light air breeze presents lots of different challenges. You quickly pick up that any abrupt movement has a big impact on performance and feel on the boat. Figuring out how to prioritize the jobs and being smooth is critical.
Sounds simple but after about an hour of butchering our boat handling, coach Nick (Moloney), together with Freddy and Mark came along side. They were trying to be polite about how bad we were but soon put Sean and Andy in the chase boat and Mark and Freddy on the X40. Truby and I did a lap with Mark and Freddy onboard, while Andy and Sean watched closely from the chase boat.
The nine minute lap was worth it's weight in gold as it quickly helped us prioritize on board. For the next two hours we did lap after lap, after lap. It was awesome! The day ended with 45 minutes of starting drills and then a 20 minute sail home rig-tuning.
All in all, a great day. Stand by for more comms. Another light air day is on tap tomorrow and we should be into more traditional sea breezes for the second half of the week.