What an amazing couple of days with the Water Wags in Ireland. A stunning boat with a extraordinary history.
This was a completely new experience for me, stepping away from normally the most up to date, technical, state of the art boats boats to ones that have been around for over 125 years and still to this day using the very boat building methods and equipment. (With of course a little modernising here and there)
Arriving at Lough Ree to be graced with a breathtaking sunset and one of the most enthusiastic group of sailors, enjoying the best of socialising with friends brought the perfect balance to why we love the sport of sailing so much.
Not only do these sailors have some of the most beautiful areas to sail in, the boats are stunning and I can understand why the sailors passion for these boats runs so high. Thoughts of "Swallows and Amazons" running through my head as these boats slide through reed beds, meandering through cuts to some spectacular waterfront locations for great food and drink.
But of course we were there to train as well and thats exactly what we did. Breaking down the more technical side of sailing into manageable more digestible chunks.
Each sailor with a goal / focus on what they wanted to achieve able to take away some key points that will help them move up the fleet, win more races, stay more consistent or just being able to understand a key area of sailing.
Having comments such as "That was the first time i have won a race for 20 years" means the world to me and makes even more passionate to provide the knowledge i have learnt to others to see them achieve their goals. This isnt just a focus on winning but entirely seeing someone or a team develop and learn new skills enabling them to enjoy their sport even more.
No matter what the boat, the fleet, your ability we can always apply the appropriate approach to and right information that will present the opportunity to learn, improve....WIN!
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