Over the last few days whilst out walking I noticed a little change. I started to see more colours! This was just the kickstart I needed from mother nature to help me get back on track. With so much going on and a few injuries it has not been the greatest winter for my fitness routine. What better way to find the motivation to get going again then the signs that Spring is on the way! Although as I type this I hear it is snowing in Canberra so it might be delayed a little haha.
It is still certainly cool in the mornings. The view however makes it all worth while as well as the great feeling a walk gives to clear the mind and start the day fresh. Seeing the touches of purple and yellow are just a reminder that warmer weather is on its way. My muscles and joints will be far happier!
When times get busy it can sometimes be hard to make time for some stress relief. Especially when there is so much to get done! Yesterday I forced myself to go on one of my walks. I know I have mentioned them before but yesterday truly was magic. I wasn’t feeling great, the joints were a little cranky and it had been a while since I had done the lap of the lake. So at first it was a little bit of slow going to convince myself to keep going. I think the lake must have known, check out what it turned on for me! Not great conditions for sailing but certainly stunning to look at.
Of course I knew I would feel better afterwards and I do. Some magnesium powder when I got home and the muscles now feel a little better but still not happy. Colder weather can certainly be harder on the Hyper Mobility. With everything that has been happening my Pilates routine has slipped down the priority list and it is showing. Time to get back on schedule. Pilates, Aqua, Walking and anything without impact to avoid cranky joints. Damn you I would love a good boxing session right now!
Next weekend will be spent indoors with an Umpire seminar on. There is always more to learn in our sport!
Last night I headed up to Wangi for Haylee Outteridge’s Fundraiser for her Olympic campaign. On the way I decided to take a scenic route around the lake to catch some photos of the sunset. With Back Burning smoke in the air it was an awesome sunset to sit for a while taking photos and videos of. Lake Macquarie is one of my favourite places in the world and somewhere that I love to sail.
Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday I was umpiring at the NSW Teams Racing Champs. But this isn’t about the racing. As there wasn’t much breeze I spent a long time looking up at the sky trying to predict the breeze. As well as trying to work out when the wet weather gear needed to be on or off. While doing this I realised just how much I love watching clouds. Yes we got wet as it rained on us in no breeze. To make up for the no wind and getting rained on the sky put on a show for us to keep us entertained during the multiple postponements. I still hate as a sailor drizzling rain and no breeze. I much prefer rain and breeze!
Clouds at different levels crossing over as some go North and some South. The varying colours and types are truly fascinating. I still don’t fully understand what they all mean but after laying back in the rib I realised I just enjoy watching the way they move and could do it for hours.
Friday started off with a First Aid course run at Middle Harbour Yacht Club run by Splint-All. Fantastic course with references to sailing throughout. So good to do and I recommend it to everyone as it was very hands on and not all theory. With real fake blood and needles sticking it of people in mock scenarios and more! This is something I have been meaning to do for a long time and I am glad to have finally ticked it off my list.
Saturday saw me heading out on the water for the first day of The Captain John Piper Match Racing Regatta out of the CYCA. This time I had my own whistle! In the morning there were three of us onboard so for the first time I got to hear Umpires talking to each other which was extremely helpful. In the afternoon it was just Erica Kirby and I which was fantastic as I got to step into the role properly and have a great time doing so. The sunshine and awesome Sydney Harbour Winter weather certainly helped make it such an awesome day out there.
Sunday I ended up at my favourite club, Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Phil Clinton the club Vice Commodore, Phil Yeomans aka Dad the club PRO and myself took out the club start boat Hugh George. Dad was giving us lessons on how to drive the boat so that we will be able to in future. It meant we got to head our of Middle Harbour and down the Main Harbour round Shark Island and back. We ducked into Rose Bay to watch one of the sailors we sponsor Nic Douglass who was out training with her Dad in the Taser as their Nationals get close.
Sydney Harbour certainly put on a show for us. What a perfect winters day! Awesome clear blue sky, crystal clear water and a greats breeze. How lucky were all those out there today!!!
The CYCA fleet was out in force and looked fantastic packing the Harbour and looking amazing. They gave me so many chances to take photos as we headed down the Harbour towards the CYCA start boat to say Hi.
As we packed up the boat to head home one of our other Ambassadors Georgia was heading out in the 420 with her skipper for a spot of training as well! You are all awesome!
A busy week is in my sights as we get into boat show preparation mode for the big Sydney International Boat Show which is sneaking up on us. Plus I will be heading out again next Saturday to learn even more about umpiring!
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I also took some video of Nic and her Dad Rob out on the Taser heading out for their training session.
It was a great weekend even though we managed to blow up a block on Saturday which resulted in us doing a leg and a half under Mainsail only. Sunday was a girls day out with just the four of us enjoying a lovely warm day.
It was a lovely weekend with lots of wind on Saturday and next to no breeze on the Sunday. Here are a couple of pictures taken by Sam from Animus after we ended up cruising around the course on Saturday and then in the light breeze on Sunday.