Well straight after I returned from Tokyo it was time to race again myself, this time at the Radial Inlands. A solid first day saw it all to play for but lack of focus and starting at the wrong end and overlaying the windward mark twice (once on starboard and once on port) on the second day pushed me down to third overall. It just felt as if I was out of phase all day! Having said that Ben Whaley was a deserved winner.
Next stop was the Masters’ Finale, sailed at Queen Mary Sailing Club where the water was looking a little low. In the end we had a great weekend and you can read the Yachts and Yachting write up and there is even a video of the weekend to watch. Luckily, I seem to be back to form now, winning all six races, although at the end of the season that doesn’t really help much. Now just a few club races left at Castle Cove Sailing Club to complete. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to do enough races to complete the series but it is always nice to go to the club, which is in walking distance from my flat in Weymouth.
Whilst back in the UK for a bit I have been trying to work on my fitness or at least putting my body back together: it is so important to keep me injury free and to allow me to continue sailing for as long as possible. Cherry’s fitness suite has proved invaluable for this, as not only have I been able to do Pilates to improve my core and flexibility, I have also been able to get a massage straight after. As a bonus it is also very close to the Cowherds pub right by the Southampton Common.
Jon Emmett has over 20 years of coaching experience from grass roots to Olympic Gold.