Garda, typically known as the wind factory in this part of the world, has kept myself and others on our toes with racing on this Great Lake. This is my first regatta on these waters and it’s a totally different ball game when compared to the hours I’ve spent training.
The past two days of racing have had their ups-and-downs on and off the water. I didn’t come into this week of racing looking to achieve a spectacular result, but to rather work on my fitness and adjust my technique.
Wind shifts have been a big factor and played crucial rolls in determining positions in the fleet as you don’t want to be caught on the wrong side of a 20 degree wind shift with a 3 knot difference. I’ve been sailing with my head in the boat a lot this week and this has put me back in the fleet of 100+ plus boats, but it hasn’t discouraged me.
The final two days of racing will be more or less the same wind speeds and it’s honestly a privilege being able to race on the prettiest piece of water in the world.