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2 July 2012, 10:15 am
SL16 Teams Prepare In La Baule
American Crew Flying The Flag
American Crew Flying The Flag

SL16 Class Association
La Baule / Le Pouliguen Bay, France

The 3rd SL16 International Training camp has been held at La Baule Le Pouliguen Bay from 28-30 June. All sailors were welcomed to the Espace Voile Peyron sailing club which did a great job and made all things work perfectly during those.
Many sailors were there to prepare for the SL16 World Championship the following week at the same place and the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship mid-July in Dublin, Ireland. Ten teams came from New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, Belgium, Australia, Portugal, the United States and France followed the training, organized by Damien Changey from the SL16 Class Association.

The first training day, after the SL16 handing-over, the brand new SL16 loaned by Siréna-Voile, sailors discovered the boat in perfect sailing conditions, a light 12-15 knots breeze and a sunny afternoon. But the weather changed on Friday. Under partly sunny skies most of the time, the wind blew to 20-25 knots all day long with a 1.5 to 2 meters swell. Sailors tested their own fitness to discover the South Britanny weather. After long distance practices, upwind and downwind, training races were organized to work on strong sailing conditions.

On Saturday, the weather conditions were less strong with 10 to 15 knots. Youth sailors were fortunate to receive advice and counsel from Yves Loday, the SL16 architect and Olympic Tornado Gold Medallist at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. On the shore or on the water, Yves brought his multihull experience to young sailors during short training races.

Specific exercises were held to work on tacking and jibing, upwind and downwind mark winding. A long debriefing enlightened sailors just before the SL16 World Championship on SL16 specifications and also about the sailing area.

The SL16 Class Association thanks all competitors who registered to the 3rd SL16 International Training for their attendance and motivation, Yves Loday for his special advice and help, and Damien Trépat, leader of the Espace Voile Peyron sailing club and all his team members for their warm welcome and their sympathy.
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