I just came back from an intensive 6-day training camp in Saint-Raphaël, France with Nils, a laser sailor who is also in the Swiss Team. If you’ve followed the news this week, you’ve probably heard about the huge inundations in the South and the worst area was exactly where I was. So yes, it’s been a great but very wet week!
Our schedule was the following: get up at 7am to be on the water at 8.30; sail for 2 ½ hours; lunch on our best dish… PASTA; back on the water at 1.30 pm for another 2 hours of sailing. In addition we would go running or swim 2KM.
During the first 3 days, the wind wasn’t too strong yet at about 12 knots. It was perfect to train on our technique. But the hardest was yet to come…
On Thursday the East Wind finally kicked in at about 20 to 24 knots with big waves. That day was really great and I felt that I made progress in strong winds. Our coach made us take off our hiking pads to develop “tolerance to pain”. Hiking pads are rigid boards that are placed behind our thighs. That’s where we rest our weight when we are leaning out of the boat to counterbalance the wind. Note to myself: never again try to sail in strong winds without my hiking pads!! Now I have bruises behind my thighs and it really hurts.
On the last two days the wind reached over 30 knots (56 KM/hour) with waves of at least 2 meters high. It was survival mode for me, as I don’t often sail in those conditions. I did a lot of capsizing… but no pain no gain
On our way back from St-Raphael, I suddenly heard a terrible noise. When I turned to look at the trailer with our RIB, I saw fireworks of fire!
We immediately stopped the car and discovered that we had lost one wheel!
We stayed for an hour on the side of the highway until the Touring Club came to pick it up. Scary experience but our driver Ineke (Nil’s mom) kept her cool.
Now I’ll be back home for a few days. I’ll be going back to France on the 11th, but this time in Hyères!!!