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Friday 11th July 2014: Finn Silver Cup Holland – Went afloat for an 11.05 race start but with light airs the first race was abandoned again. We carried on being hopeful of some wind to come in so we could complete the last few races but it wasn’t to be. The RO decided to abandon for the day and finish the regatta at 14:00. Prize givening completed the Team set off on there journey back to the UK arriving at 05.20am back in Christchurch, UK Saturday morning. Jack got an overall 25th out of 32 competitors which is a good start to international circuit.
Thursday 10th July 2014: Finn Silver Cup Holland – Today winds are lighter and the chop is much better.
Rovers word’s of wisdom this morning “Have just gone afloat, its a nice steady 10 knots and flat water. Jon is with me today and commented with a few expletives, a fag on the go, and about how far the start line is downwind. Looking forward to a good day on the water. Does anybody want my dutch football shirt. Rover”
First Race this morning and Jack managed a 4th around the windward mark but very light shortly afterwards the race was abandoned.
Wednesday 9th July 2014: Finn Silver Cup Holland – Today is survival with the wind blowing hard and a short steep chop ahead of us.
Coach Rover pre-sailing talk “Another damp grey day with high winds forecast which is going to make for some difficult testing racing. The plan is to start further away from the group, and sail safely downwind keeping the mast above the water as the sea will be short and steep. My plan is not to break down and be towed back by a smaller RIB than me. Coach out”
3 hour postponement at the moment due to high winds inexess of 30knts.
AP down and the Team went back afloat this is what Rover had to say this afternoon. “After a 2 mile downwind sail to the start line with gusts up to 30 knots we manage to keep all jacks toys in the boat. After 30 minutes of being bounced around and 2 postponed starts the race officer decided to send everybody on a 2 mile beat back to the club. 2 hours later racing was cancelled for the rest of the day. Jack has a big smile on his face as he survived a difficult day. Look on Facebook for photos tonight!”
Tuesday 8th July 2014: Finn Silver Cup Holland – After a difficult day on the water Coach Rover managed to put these words together, “Day 3 was tough, a few toys flew out the pram on the pre start due to windy conditions and a nasty sea state, must tie them in better next time.
Race 2 brought a start line incident which resulted in Jacks sail being sailed over a badly ripped. After a 2 mile motor upwind a new sail was collected from the club and taken back out to be rigged.
Race 3 was a lot better. Then on the way in my RIB packed up and was towed in by the German’s coach we were about to take to protest.
So 1 lost protest, 1 trashed sail and a €75 bill for the RIB. God i love championship racing.”
Jack managed to get a 23, RTD, and 21st.
Monday 7th July 2014: Finn Silver Cup Holland – Coach Rover’s morning report “On the water, 8 to 10 knots with sunshine, just about to do a practice upwind leg, as today’s windward leg is 1.5 miles, decided to use the WB sail.”
Jack managed to get a 20th in Race 3.
Some words from Coach Rover after todays racing “Only 1 race today in little to no wind, Jack stayed with it and did not give up and was rewarded by taking 5 places on the last run and just making the time limit. All in all a very difficult day for GBR28.”
Sunday 6th July 2014: Finn Silver Cup Holland – Well here goes first day of racing 20 plus knots 1.6 mile beats welcome to the real world of Finn sailing looks like it’s going to be tough as waves are short and very choppy be afloat in half hour and game on
Coach Rover’s morning report “After a cultural evening watching the football, complete with orange flares going off, we wake up to the serious part of the week, over cast and about 15/18 knots” Coach Rover. 2 races today start at 12 noon local time 13:00 GMT, with roughly around 10 foot of water on the race course the chop gets very short and steep quickly.”
Jack managed the following results, race 1, 25th and race 2, 22nd out of 32.
Coach Rover’s evening report “Coaches report on yesterdays performance, “Generally a good days sailing , Jack has found out how tough it is at worlds level, The sea state here also makes it very challenging. Have taken some very good points from yesterday and will work on them as the competition unfolds.”
Friday 27th June 2014: Jack mentioned in the local news paper the Bournemouth Daily Echo, with regards to his preparation towards the Finn Sliver Cup in Hoorn, Holland.