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Nichola Brown and Roy Emmerson were able to participate in the Northern SeriesTravellers Trophy
Following a grant made by the Trustees of £637 in March 2014 Nichola Brown and Roy Emmerson were able to participate in the Northern SeriesTravellers Trophy - their report follows of their first round of competitions.
(28th May 2014). The 'heavens opened' just before we approached the club and we got soaked just getting our bags out the of car. However, this rain did not diminish our spirits and it was not long before we were in the club house meeting up with old friends and competitors. We chatted amongst ourselves while planning the days approach over breakfast. Roy and I were soon getting changed ready to go on the water and by this time luckily the weather had dried up a little, but the wind was still very gusty.
After a short briefing we made our way down to the jetty where there was a large number of volunteers to help assist everyone to get in their boats. As I am a wheelchair user, I require a hoist to lift me into the boat. This process takes 3 people, one to hold the hoist in position, another to assist me with the sling and a final person to manoeuvre and oversee the operation. Roy and I sail a keel boat and sit side by side. I have a special seat fitted which aids me to sit up in the boat as I have little lateral support. Roy is hemiplegic and has limited use of his left side and also requires someone to make sure he does not fall while he shuffles into the boat from a seated position. As Roy is only able to use one hand and I am not able to rig a boat from my wheelchair, we have assistance to rig the boat, but this is on our instruction. The jetty was very hectic covered in abandoned wheelchairs and walking sticks but it was not long before we were all sorted and ready for the off.
We made our way up to the starting point and spent the first few minutes determining our game plan for the race. There was significant surface chop and erratic gusts so we knew the day was going to be a challenge. There were 3 Hansa classes, the Libery, 303W and 2.3. It was a 5, 4, 1 start and our class was second to race.
With our plan in mind we started the first race having being briefed that all four races would be set on a triangle course. Having only raced twice before at this level the race felt extremely daunting, and the gusty conditions were not expected by the race organisers themselves, but we were told the race would continue regardless of the conditions.
Together we made our way around the course, the first lap setting the standard on how we were going to tackle the rest. As the day progressed and the conditions changed, the wind getting stronger we saw that a few boats were filling with water, some of which ended up being towed back to the jetty. Luckily for us previous sailing experience close to the North East Coast meant that we were more able to deal with the situation and carried on completing all 4 races, 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.
At 4pm, after an intensive day on the water, the hoisting process was reversed and we made our way back up to the Clubhouse for the presentations. Unaware that we were about to be presented with a bronze medal for 3rd place. We were really surprised and delighted that our perseverance paid off. Once the medals had all been handed out we said our goodbyes to everyone and made our way back to the Travelodge feeling exhausted but extremely happy with the result before heading home earlier today.
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