Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Swedish adventures

I’ve just spent the last few days up in Stockholm to visit my clothing sponsor Ocean Works at their main office and to meet up with the guys that I race with on the maxi’ and a fellow minist.

The visit to Ocean Works was a great success, we went through the new technical kit that has been designed with my input and went through the designs for the mini transat shore kit they hope to run in the future. They very kindly gave me some of the transat shore kit and one of the latest sets of wet weather gear. The new kit has progressed with a new material that looks perfect for the mini, very tough but very comfy. A was great to see my mini in there catalogues and design work and a funny thing I often sign off my emails with “fingers crossed” as it is a catch positive thing that all languages understand, it appears it has stuck and they have included a little set of embroided crossed fingers in many of the designs!

It was also great to see the guys, especially to see the Sweds in their own environment and to put pieces to the puzzle, they often talk about how great the scene is in Sweden and how technical the racing can be. I was hoping to get a sail on the Orma 60 trimeran Samsung that they are heavily involved with but unfortunately the timing and weather didn’t work out. We did get a fun trip around the archipelago with Ulf the other mini racer and its clear to see how tough the navigation can be.

Now it’s a whistle stop tour to Lymington to pick up the new goose neck I built last week, then down to Plymouth to grind off the old one and fit the new one on, before heading back across the channel as soon as possible to prepare for the next race, the MAP on the 9th.

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