This past weekend, the Edinburgh women’s team set off to compete at the SSS Women’s Championships in Aberdeen.
After being fed a balanced breakfast of bacon rolls, cake, cookies and tea by FORFAR sailing club it was time to take to the water and begin team racing in breezy conditions. After the first race, we came together and discussed the problems we had encountered. We devised a successful game plan for our 3-minute start sequence and with motivation and moral kept consistently high by Mhari Orr’s “get to know your penguin” warm up, we were set for the next race. With winds howling over the loch we managed to secure some win in the next two races.
During the breaks between races our attention was somewhat diverted elsewhere… It was pretty clear that our ladies team were not only artistic on the water (a few necessary spins, ducks and pass backs) but also extremely talented onshore performers. A dance number choreographed by Tilly Bartholomew led to the development of a full on musical number to the lyrics:
“Because you know it’s all about that pace, about that pace, no spinning.
Yeah, it’s pretty clear we love the 1,2
And we can luff it, luff it, like we’re supposed to do
We got that boom boom, that all the boys chase
With all the right tacks in all the right places”
(Sung to ‘All about that bass’ – Meghan Trainor)
All in all, it was an excellent day of racing that meant we had secured our place in the gold fleet for Sunday.
Sunday dawned and we leapt into out boats still sporting the red glitter and face paint from the previous nights ‘exorcist costume’. It was clear that our confidence and friendship as a team had grown significantly over the weekend, and by mid-afternoon we actually started to pull off some fantastic team racing manoeuvres; Sarah Alcock and Anna Protheroe set up some great pass backs whilst crews could be heard communicating with each other over the entire race course and some incredible telepathic skills from Lily meant there were beautiful tacks all round. Special mention goes to ‘crisp’ Clara Zalarbardo for achieving the world’s fastest red flag protest any of the umpires had ever seen at an event!!
There was a noticeable team improvement on the Sunday placing the Edinburgh womens team as 3rd overall. What a fantastic start to this girl can week!