Saturday, 26 June 2010

Take 2 at Trapani for SLAM Kiwi Match

SLAM Kiwi Match training off Trapani. Supplied image.

by Logan Fraser

It's take 2 for SLAM Kiwi Match as the team re-groups in Trapani, Sicily for the next event on the calendar, the Trapani Match Race Cup. A chance for the team to build on a solid start in La Rochelle and also a chance to convert our solid performances into a regatta win.

SLAM Kiwi Match training off Trapani. Supplied image.

The team takes on a slightly different shape this week with Mark Tighe from Ireland joining us and also a local legend from Palermo. Mark brings a wealth of experience with him from big boat inshore and offshore regattas right through to match racing in his CV so is sure to add a lot to the team. Our local bowman John, from Palermo, Sicily will be a great help to the team both on and off the water.

Trapani. Supplied image.

There looks to be a solid field of competitors at this event with teams coming from Australia, Great Britain, Greece, Russia, Slovenia and Italy. This will bring a great international flavour to the event and coupling that with the ability of the Italians to run a well organised regatta it is sure to be a lot of fun. The regatta will be sailed in Zipp 25 keelboats, very similar to the Platu 25's we raced in La Rochelle. This will be helpful for us as we can re-use a lot of the tricks we learnt there to give us a head start here.

SLAM Kiwi Match