Lucky win after poor sailing
No, I did not sail well last weekend. I tend to be super nervous when I participate in a regional regatta. I hear the other kids, parents and coaches say "Oh, Simon is here. No chance of winning". That puts a bit of pressure on me...
And in fact, I did not sail well. Many tactical mistakes. My brother Niklas, who was coaching again me and the other kids from my club, almost fell overboard his coach rib in anger.
Anyway, I spotted a wind shift just before the finishing line and luckily won ahead of Luis and Jerry-Mo who had been leading the entire race.
We only had one race on Saturday before a thunderstorm kicked in. No wind on Sunday but close soccer matches instead.
Coming up next is a training at Walensee the second weekend in July.
It takes a team to tango
My team, the Swiss Sailing Team Region 5, was invited to participate in the International Swiss Teamrace Championships at Lake Aegeri, 30 minutes from home.
I learned that it really takes a team to do well at team races. Our expectations were high given that we did well last year and that some of us very much improved our sailing skills quite a bit. But we were not really prepared and we did not really sail as a team. We consequently ended up on the last place.
Interestingly, Regattaclub Oberhofen won – with INDIVIDUAL sailors who are not much better compared to us. But they were a team, up to the task and won the trophy – very, very well done!
The teamrace championships were my brother’s final opti regatta. It’s too bad that it ended on the last place. But I know he is looking forward to sailing the 420. I am sure that will become an excellent sail coach, too - he is coaching our club’s optis already and he is doing a great job.
Coming up next is a regional regatta with my club on Lake Zurich next weekend.
First regional regatta this year
First regatta with my sailing club this year, a regional one on the Lake of Zurich. It was my first regatta in a very long time with my club mates. We arrived with nine kids and hence a third of the entire fleet!
We had lots of rain, occasionally quite a bit of wind and five races. My my SSTR5 teammate (and future 420 partner ;-)) Nik and I actually had five very lonely races so we ended up first (Nik) and second (I) with the same amount of points. Nik won a cool regatta watch and won… a book (a book!). It turned out, however, that it a very good and comprehensive and really good opti book. And I even started reading right away.
Nik and I also used to occasion to say thanks to the 1000 (I) and 500 (Nik) Swiss francs we got from Club Beaufort last February. I find the Club Beaufort sticker looks very good on my boat. Too bad I need to peel it off again to race the international Swiss teamrace championship on Lake Aegeri next weekend.
My name is Simon Kaiser and I simply love sailing.