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Shortly before heading to Cascais, Portugal for the ISAF Sailing World Championships (RS:X) I had a week’s training in the Netherlands with no RS:X gear (as it was on route to Portugal from the Kiel Week Regatta courtesy of one of the AST‘s Audi A4’s and one nice enough coach from NZ who was doing the driving. God always likes to make things a little more tricky and exciting for me, and for the 6 days I was home before my flight to Portugal, it blew nothing less than 25 knots every single day, with a lot more of 35-45 knots on others …

With my training partner Markus Bouman pretty keen to do some slalom training in the high-winds, we headed to our secret spot just down from Oostmahorn, at the Lauwersmeer (one of the bigger lakes) in the north-Holland – about 5 mins drive from my house. On this particular day, the wind was fairly light (around 18-22 knots) so we decided to do a bit of a photo shoot with Markus’ younger brother …

Having only just received my Gaastra sails I still don’t have any slalom boards with me, or booms for that matter. So to make it easier I sailed on Markus’ 6.7m RS:Racing / 87l iSonic, with him on 7.8m RS:Racing/111l iSonic. Here’s a gallery of a few photos where we “tried” our best to do some sync’d gybing (ala, NeilPryde “Rigmarole” video from circa early ’90’s)…and also a few shots of my infamous ‘one-handed-laydown-gybe’ … lol.

All the photos are snapped by Guido Bouman from our new helicopter. Actually… they’re taken from a lighthouse at the beach where we launched… Pity about the ugly brown lake water, but the photo shoot was fun.


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