Good Karma Racing to the Paralympics

TotalBoat Show and the team here at TotalBoat are so proud of Team Good Karma Racing after racing their hearts out at the Paralympic Class Regatta in Medemblik Holland.

Sarah Skeels and Cindy Walker, whom we featured in our Go Deeper profile and in TotalBoat Show a few weeks ago, just returned from the Delta Lloyd Regatta. The Delta Lloyd Regatta is part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup and is held yearly as part of many countries qualifiers for their Olympic team representation. This event is the biggest sailing event in the Netherlands for Olympic and Paralympic classes and Team Good Karma had a great event with challenging conditions. Read this update from skipper Sarah Skeels.

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SS: “We arrived in Medemblik prepared to work hard on improving on things we learned in Garda.  What we weren’t necessarily expecting were the persistent 12 degree celsius HIGH temps (for easy Fahrenheit conversion, double it and add 30….yeah, without the wind chill).  I wore my down skiing pants and down sweater EVERY day.  The breeze never got below 12k and the sea state was a bit surprising with 3-6 foot waves, especially because we were basically sailing in a lake.

Medemblik is a picturesque Dutch town, full of tidy brick homes, canals, sheep, windmills both modern and old school, sheep, birds of every kind, baby animals everywhere you looked, and did I mention sheep?  As in Garda, our racing occurred just outside of the Regatta Centre, so it only took 10-15 minutes to sail out to the starting line, and like Garda, we shared a starting time with the Sonars. Wheelchair and parking access were always a challenge, but the event was very professionally run and the racing was fair, with long legs and races that were at least 50 minutes long. We had 17 boats on the line, the largest SKUD fleet at a Euro/Worlds event since the 2007 Worlds, if ever!
Take-aways from Medemblik:  Cindy needs a new seat that will help her maximize her abilities, this is our top priority for June.  Sail trim – we are improving but need to spend as much time on the water as possible throughout the summer to continue to work on maintaining steady heel and fast forward speed through the puffs and the big waves.  There is a fertilizer plant near the Regatta Centre from which we sailed, and left shifts were on the odiferous side to say the least!  We also learned that we like USA 074 (our boat) better than the boat we chartered, GBR 045 (which turns out to be 40 kilos heavier than any boat were were sailing against), and that chartering a boat works but requires a LOT of preparation.

The final take-away?  Cindy and I love sailing and love sailing together.  We had a number of breakdowns and a few tactical errors that kept us out of the top 6, but we now know that we can pace with the top boats and this is encouraging and motivating.  We loved having coach Lee Icyda on the water with us, providing expert tactical advice, as well as having her awesome spirit and energy.        This summer?  BACK TO THE GYM, new seats, lots of time on the water.  Anyone want to come sail a SKUD against us?”