Forceracing Winter Activities
24 Sep 2015


It has a busy and quite an eventful winter period for Forceracing, again with not any news posting going on! (Yes I promise to do more)
On the family sailing side, Cameron and I were disappointed at our performance at the Jollyboat champs, so we knew what we needed to do, get weight out of the boat and get a better mast.
The boat was 6.5kgs over and after a lot of work by Andrew Howden replacing the deck, gunwhales and cockpit sole (floor) we managed to get 6kgs off after a re paint by Boatspray.
We simplified the set up of the boat and got a new mast on thanks to NZ Rigging and Doyle Rigging. So far I’ve been out once with Holly my 6 year old Daughter and we are looking forward to racing it this summer season.
The Sunburst also went into Boatspray in April for a re-varnish and tidy before it went into hibernation. So far Cam and Andrew have been out at opening day and a time before. We were rusty in the first race but went a lot better in race 2 luckily recording 2 wins on opening day.
Will this be the year Cam decides on some optimist sailing…Only time will tell.
As in the last post Winner NZ was sold to Optimist Crazy who will build up the Winner Brand in NZ again after not having the time to do this amazing brand justice. Neil has some great plans going forward.
Coaching – In April and early May I was with the Brazilian 49er team in Hyeres and Rio, but unfortunately for budget reasons and the falling Brazilian Real this was Andrew’s last trip with them.
Since then back in New Zealand over winter, Andrew has been working with the Kiwi Skud team, Kiwi Gold Sonar team and the AON FAST TRACK 49er squad putting in some big hours. As well as this Andrew is the NZ Optimist Association coordinator.
However now I am sitting in an air conditioned apartment in Haifa Israel writing this update, ¾’s of the way through a Pre Worlds 470 training camp for Team Saunders with the Lindgren Brothers as well. Next week on arriving back in NZL it is straight into an Optimist coaches workshop, and a big junior regatta WinChamps. The temperature change from Israel to NZ will be massive just as I am getting used to the 35 degree days and 31 degree water…
November is the 49er Worlds with Brad Funk and Trevor Burd from the USA as well as in between times the Para stuff and some NZ 49er sessions as well!
DoyleSails NZ is going really well and the learning I have taken from this has been great, it keeps me very busy, but the development we are doing with sails in many classes over Winter has been amazing, there have been some big gains made over the winter, and I’m proud to represent this brand!
So for now that’s all folks,
Andrew

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