Monday, November 2, 2009

European Speedsailing Championships, Dungarven 1st - 7th November Days 1 & 2

As my car was still not ready i rented a van from O'Neills Van Hire in Tralee for 350 euros for the week which was a great deal and enabled me to get all my gear to Dungarven so i could compete in the Europeans and i collected it on Saturday morning, headed back home and packed up all my gear and set off for Dungarven.

I arrived in Dungarven later in day at 7pm and this year myself, Steve Flanagan and Killian McKay rented one of the houses at the back of the Park Hotel so we are walking distance of the town which makes it easier getting about to the things that will be organised in the evenings in town.

We all got to the beach on Sunday morning to find this year a big tent has been provided for all the kit so we can store it all near the waters edge and don't have to derig the sails. I got my gear all into the tent, registered for the event and rigged all my sails and got the boards ready with fins and mast feet so i can just grab a board and sail and get on the water quickly.

That evening we had the opening party with Irish Dancers performing and a great time was had by all.

As skippers meeting was called for 9.30am on Monday Morning we all got down to the beach early to find no wind and not much forcasted so we were put on hold till midday so i checked i had everything ready in case the wind picked up. At midday it was looking like there would be no wind for the day so racing was postponed and next skippers meeting will be at 9.30am on Tuesday. Looking at the forcast it looks like it could be a great day with 20-25 knot west to north west winds so i am hoping that the forcast holds and we can finally get some speedsailing in here in Dungarven.

Keep checking back here and when i get a chance i will update the blog with all the latest news from here.

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