Jen Chamberlin gave us a few minutes to talk about her women's match racing campaign in the Elliot 6m with with GETsailing.Two years of racing and preparation got them all the way to the US team finals in Weymouth, England.
What was your favorite event of the campaign?
The final month of our campaign was a really good run, it consisted of two events and two weeks of training. We started off racing in Hyeres, the World Cup Event in France and training in Weymouth and then our Olympic Trials in Weymouth. It was breeze on for the entire month! It was cool to push the limits in the Elliott, this may of included some swimming, sailing in a hail storm and a few extra days off because it was blowing 50+!! It had been hard to get a lot of big breeze practice and we got our share during this time. Our final month of the campaign we had our goal of where we wanted to be physically and mentally for the US Trials, I believe we meet those goals and put up a solid fight at the end, the results just didn't quite go our way.
What was the craziest moment during racing you had?
Olympic Trials in Weymouth this May, 2012, Race 1 on Day 2 against Sally... Long story short we spun 4 penalties, we got a 5th but it was offset and still won the race. (To break that down...We spun 4 penalties, a penalty takes about 15 seconds so we spent a minute of that race just doing penalties and were still able to come out ahead).
We got our 1st penalty in the pre-start. We were behind at the top mark and passed on the downwind but got another penalty for rule 17 close to the bottom starboard layline, (We then had 2 penalties, so we had to spin it immediately) we rounded the leeward mark a BL behind. We followed her into the top mark and passed her on her left and were able to gybe across, she got a penalty that offset our penalty. She was to our left and we gybed for the RC, missing the anchor line by a hair! At this point we got another penalty for gybing too close. We spun it while missing the RC's anchor line and then were given a double penalty at the finish. We managed to spin them and finish ahead. In these type of scenario's there is a lot going on with boat handling and driving so it was a really nice team effort to pull off a race like that!
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