What an amazing week in Geelong helping the world's best foilers prepare for the Melbourne Leg of the Superfoiler Grand Prix.
I have had an amazing week helping race organisers and crews prepare for last weekend's Superfoiler Grand Prix; held on Corio Bay in Geelong and hosted by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. Not conforming to any existing geometry, the SuperFoiler brings together aerodynamic and hydrodynamic excellence to create the fastest foil-borne course-racing machine of its size on the planet. Generating incredible speed, they present a handful for even the best foilers from around the globe and I was lucky enough to experience it firsthand when given the opportunity to crew on one of these amazing craft.
Even more significant than getting a ride was the opportunity to meet, chat and gain valuable insight from some incredible sailors from Australia and abroad. Aussies such as Team New Zealand's America's Cup winning skipper Glenn Ashby; multiple World and Olympic Champion Nathan Outteridge and Kiwi and current World No. 1 Match Racer Phil Robertson were all competing and provided valuable insight into the world of professional sailing. I take away from this experience a wealth of new knowledge and a head full of new ideas which I'm sure will prove invaluable on the journey ahead. It's amazing to think that just a few months ago I was enviously watching my sailing heroes live on television competing in the America's Cup and now, a short time later, I'm given the opportunity to meet them in person and realise that not too long ago they started out exactly where I am today.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Blake and Col Anderson from Doyle Sails Melbourne for giving me the chance to attend this event and for their ongoing support of my sailing dream. Only six more sleeps before I depart Melbourne for destinations unknown. The world is waiting. Wish me luck!