This week at Le centre Entrainment Mediterranean (CEM) we have mostly been working on boat handling, in between fitness training, boat maintenance, French lessons, weather studies, yacht master preparation and sponsorship hunting. The chosen method of torture is known is the centre buoy exercise whereby the exact details of the course are only made available one leg at a time and the legs are short. Complete failure to hoist or drop the correct sail in time is inevitable the object of the exercise is to avoid letting small errors snowball into full blown disaster for as long as possible. Whilst this is a long way from the steady rhythm of a four day Figaro race it’s important that these basic manoeuvres become instinctive as soon as possible.
Unfortunately the Mistral has been blowing in full force yesterday and today so we have been stuck ashore in an effort to preserve our boats a little for the season. The wind does look set to drop for the weekend though which is great as I am going Marseilles with fellow Artemis squad members Nick Houchin and Sam Goodchild for the final of the Mediterranean match racing championships.