After a balmy trip to Rope Runners for the cadet social last weekend, this week’s weather was just the opposite at Rutland Water for the 420 Inlands. A strong, gusty north-easterly, 4-6C and intermittent rain from threatening grey skies set the scene for a challenging weekend for Hannah Bard and Dan Nickalls.
With easily the oldest boat and sails (leading to the class association’s dusting-down of a little-used ‘grandfathering’ rule!) in an intensely-competitive fleet (with squad selection at stake, and with personal on-the-water coaches at the top end), the scene was set for some challenges. Whilst Dan and Hannah didn’t win the event (by admittedly a significant margin) they had a great time (especially after they’d defrosted).
They came away with some really good learning experiences (including an understanding of the dramatic difference between how you start in top-end 420 and Laser fleets), some stories of success (a great improvement in first beat performance was one of them) and a firm belief that you can keep a positive attitude and enjoy yourself even when any sane person would find the going very tough.
Great to see the Marconi flag flown again on the circuit, especially with our new Champion Club status.