Friday, 15 May 2009

Waka Racing say Bonjour from Marseille

- Rise to 37th in ISAF open match race rankings
- Two events cancelled by organisers for financial reasons

by Garth Ellingham

Waka Racing team is now in Marseille, France for our next event. Arriving to find the world ranking list had been updated and we have jumped form 55th to 37th. This was due to the win in Rimini grade 3 event coupled with our victory in Perth. A huge boost for the team with this being our best ranking yet!

We have just spent the last week training in Lake Balaton, Hungary. This was against world number 10 Ian Ainslie from South Africa in Melges 24s. We found this really beneficial and learnt a huge amount as we had never match raced with asymmetrical spinnakers before. Ian helped us out on the water and we got put up in a hotel opposite the small boat park by their generous sponsor. We managed to have some really good racing and learnt valuable lessons that we can take with us to this next event as they are in similar boats, the J80s.

Unfortunately while we were up in Hungary we got emailed the news that two events we had entry too and had planned to go do had been cancelled due to financial reasons. This was really bad news as one of them was a grade 3 in Portugal and the other being the grade 2 we had gained entry to in Rimini. The result of this now means we have a two possible three week hole in our calendar after our regatta in Marseille this weekend. So at the moment we don’t know where we are going next.

Today we are going to try and get out on the water for some practice and then get ready for the start of the event tomorrow. We are all pumped for this event and are looking forward to putting the training into practice.

We would all like to thank Stefan from Widex, Pacific Sports Community Trust, Line 7, RNZYS and the Waka Racing Supporters Club for all their support.

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