Coaches Regatta Day 1

We are settled in La Rochelle, France preparing for the Worlds that begin Aug 5th. We rented an apartment which is a five minute walk to the yacht club and is also fairly close to the old town. The weather has been just beautiful with temperatures in the high 80s – reminds us of our fall training in Miami. Today was the start of the coaches regatta, which is a pre-worlds event run by the coaches that usually attracts a lot of boats. This year was no different with 25 men’s teams and 13 women’s teams. The men and women raced separately and we were the second start all day with the inner course.  We ended up being postponed on shore for an hour while we waited for a stronger north-westerly to fill in.  Our first of three races was at 2pm and we raced until 6pm making for a long day. We are learning pretty quickly a go fast move with the venue here … avoid the jellyfish! These are not normal jellyfish, they are huge ones that apparently don’t sting you. [We’re not completely sold on that yet haha] They are everywhere and upwind if you hit one, it really slows you down. If you are going fast enough and you hit one, it can lift both your centerboard and rudder and that’s not ideal. Luckily, this didn’t happen during the races! We finished the day with a 1,1, 4 and are psyched with our boathandling gains we have made in the past couple days. The forecast looks fairly light for the final three days of this regatta.