Read how the ladies did on Shanghai Lil in the Dubarry Women's Open Keelboat Championships.
21 June 2016
This is an extract from Jade, a crew member of the British Keelboat Squad who sailed on our FE28 Shanghai Lil .
The Dubarry Women's Open Keelboat Championships took place this past weekend (4-6 June) on the cloudy Solent, with little wind and ample tide to compensate. The BKA was well-represented with a team competing on a Fareast 28r, generously lent to us by Island Charters. Our weekend started off with a coaching session from Libby Greenhalgh (Team SCA/The Magenta Project), who arrived fresh off her flight after competing in a stage of The Atlantic Cup, in New York. We left the dock Friday afternoon and got right into it, focusing on improving our manoeuvres and effective communication in the boat. We were also very fortunate to be joined by Hannah Diamond for the weekend, who played an immense role coaching us throughout the event. The racing itself was challenging, as the courses were tidally dominated in the lighter pressure and by the fact that our little Fareast was up against all the bigger 40 footers with much larger sail areas. Despite the challenging IRC racing, our team sailed very well and managed to keep up with all the bigger boats at least for the first portion of most races. We kept our manoeuvres clean and consistent and overall are very proud of how we sailed the boat. Having the opportunity to sail with Libby and Hannah was also an incredible opportunity to learn from the best and definitely played a huge role in how quickly we managed to get really comfortable sailing the boat. It was a great weekend promoting women in sailing and we've come away from it not only better sailors, but even more determined to keep pushing for more women to get involved at events like this and those all the way at the top of our sport.
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