Monday, 15 October 2012

Grafham Water Training

Eight of the nine world team boats travelled to Grafham Water for the second of 4 scheduled training weekends. The first of the official World Team Kit arrived in the form of Musto Polo Shirts kindly sponsored by Empowered Systems Limited and the team are pictured above proudly displaying their new Team GBR shirts; a big thank you also to Qube Global Software who have contributed to the cost of the container and shipping.

Saturday morning saw light winds and a morning session devoted to team building, goal setting and electing Helm and Crew Leaders. There followed a late launch and two sessions on the water dedicated to starting, with severe penalties imposed (in pints of beer for the RIB crew!) for those boats not getting over the line within 10 seconds of the start. Sunday morning brought a healthier breeze and an earlier start, with the morning session devoted to mark rounding and the afternoon session a series of short races. As always the team was given the opportunity to view the video playback with World Team Coach Adam Bowers providing his usual entertaining and motivating feedback. At the Sunday de-briefing the team were treated to a video account of Adam’s last trip to Sandy Bay along with a useful insight into the venue and conditions (dolphins included!) After a successful weekend, the team were left fired up and enthusiastic for the next session; they were given clear points on which to focus when practising and encouraged to spend as much time as possible on the water in the meantime.