01 November 2020

Gurit Blog - Off to Portugal very soon for training - or not

Gurit Blog - Off to Portugal very soon for training - or not

We are back racing! Or so we thought... but once again an event has been cancelled but down to weather not Covid this time. 

We feel really sorry for the younger generation who were meant to compete at the RYA Youth Nationals last weekend but with the big storms and wind, it was a fair decision. Just as restrictions ease, typically the weather doesn’t play ball. Despite big winds and rain, we have still managed to fit some sunny days in sailing in Weymouth, which made us struggle to justify ever leaving this training venue for the winter.

We have some big decisions coming up on our winter plans with lots of different plan A, B or C and we still don’t know which one we will go for. Biggest thing holding us back from going abroad is the pandemic and accelerating rate of new cases. Bella also studies at university and although it is mostly online, big training camps make it hard to concentrate on both. 

Plan A (restrictions permitting) is to train abroad in Vilamoura, Portugal with the rest of the British Sailing Team. Lots of different nations will also be training there and we will get the opportunity to sail against other nations either training or racing. We know this isn’t the most ideal situation for everyone else, with plans so up in the air about Christmas but the best way for us to get through this, is to stay in a training bubble and get as much time on the water as we can. It is hard considering other areas in the country are in local lockdowns but if we stay together and limit the travel back and forth, we are minimising our risk. We also can’t afford to waste time as from January 1st; we are officially in the new 2024 cycle!

Local clubs seem to be getting more racing in than us so take advantage of it whilst you can! Club turnouts have increased for Saturday and Sunday racing, but they can only continue if people continue to show. From our experience, it would be a shame to let it go to waste. We have been trying to compete in any club racing when we can to support our clubs and do something different. Pre-Covid, we never spent anytime at home and we forget what awesome facilities are right on our doorstep and it would be very easy to lose sight of that as restrictions ease.