The theme for this month at the Figaro school is fitness and weather,
Monday started with a visit to the Meteo France headquarters in Toulouse where we spent the day learning the secrets of weather routing from Sylvian Morvan who has guided many offshore record breakers in the past. We started with the fundamentals and quickly moved on to looking at local effects like the Mistral and the Tramontane which regularly cause gale force winds in this area of the Mediterranean.
The rest of the week was dedicated to the gym with a team of hired sadists ready to put us through our paces for 4 hours in the local golf club gym every afternoon. The idea being that we work extra hard before the season really kicks off to turn our selves into solo sailing machines. So far the only result I have noticed is an aching in every muscle in my body!