The crew for the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s entry into the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race have completed two weekend of intensive training aboard Jedi.
David, Deirdre, John, Tony, Katherine and Keith joined Conor and Skipper Kenneth aboard Jedi over the first two weekends in April. The crew have certainly become a cohesive unit after multiple manoeuvers, sail hoists, tacks, gybes, drops and peels over the four days and skipper Kenneth Rumball is hopeful of similar success to the 2016 Round Ireland Race where the school’s entry took first position in the sailing schools' division.
The first weekend was spent learning the new ship and establishing the roles aboard the boat. Spinnaker hoists, gybes and drops were intensively drilled with Kenneth running the back of the boat and Conor training up front. A racing yacht is an unusual environment, where finding your voice is a critical part of being on the crew, and reports are that everyone appeared confident around one another.
The crew were joined by Des McWilliam, of UK McWilliam Sails who coached the crew on sail setting and helped finalise additions to the sail inventory for the campaign.
Over the second weekend further practise was put into all the manoeuvers and with winds around the 20 knot mark over the weekend everyone was pushed hard. It all seemed to be working with 17 knots of boat speed recorded at certain points! Every evening the crew were tired, but in high spirits. This certainly bodes well for the first challenge of the campaign, the 2017 ISORA season opener on Saturday the 22nd of April, with a coastal hop from Dun Laoghaire to Wicklow.
Photos from the weekend are on our facebook page, and we wish the crew a relaxing break over the Easter weekend, they’ll need it before the 22nd!