SA Sailing’s Sailor of the Year Award winner Dominique Provoyeur writes in from Miami, Florida USA, with her latest newsletter in the Isigungu Team’s quest for Olympic qualification:
SA Sailing Magazine published their January issue almost a month ago now, where they announced that I had won their ‘Sailor of the Year’ award. Just as in 2003, when I won this prestigious award, it is for my whole team. I couldn’t have done it without my crew; Penny Alison and Kim Rew. We have sailed in every event together for the past two years, and we have earned this award together.
Our most memorable achievement from 2007 was at the World Championships in Cascais, Portugal. We finished in 10th nation and 12th overall, thereby qualifying for the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008.
We also Competed in two J22 events; Rolex Woman’s Keelboat Championships in Texas, and the J22 Worlds in Durban. We finished 5th in both events.
I haven’t sailed a single-handed boat since Dabchick days, which was a long time ago….. and I believe teamwork is any boats biggest asset. All of us on the Yngling team are fully committed to the campaign and take responsibility for all aspects of it. And its together that we make it happen.
We are now in Miami, USA. We have been here since the 11 January, training and practise racing and a lot of cardio and strength work in the gym. We have been testing a new sail design from a loft in Australia, Ulman Sails. This new set up will take a while before we are completely comfortable with them, but we have elected to use them.
Our first regatta began today, the US Sailing’s Rolex Olympic Classes Regatta. We will be racing until Saturday, 12 races in total. After 5 races, there will be one discard. We had two races, in about 6-10 knots, expected to shift to the right, but still with some shifts coming in from the left.
We started off at the middle of the fleet in the first race, but with a good gybe set at the top mark we got back into the mix on the downwind, and pulled in on the fleet on the next beat to end off in 6th position.
We miss judged the start of the next race and with to many tacks to try and get clear air, we suffered terribly. We managed to catch a few boats only to loss them again on the 3rd beat. We thought we had weed on the rudder, but I think it was just poor set up in the rig. We were slow and struggled with height.
After the race we did some tuning, so hopefully we have fixed the problems…..
3 races tomorrow, so there is lots of racing to do.
For Team Isigungu
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