Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign - Marmalade, Sun and Tools!
Since we picked up our gold medal out at Holland Regatta, we have had a busy time with more racing, kit selection, a new boat, workshop fitting out and just general summer fun with this fantastic weather we are having.
To start with we had to select our kit that would head out to Rio for the Test Event in August. We were chuffed to be selected to represent Team GB at the test event, our first ever test event and also it will be the first time we get to race on the Olympic waters during the same time period as the Olympics! It turned out to be quite the headache for us, especially due to the timing. During the Sail for Gold we were testing some new kit, which turned out not to be great no matter what we did. It did however make life very easy as to what to select to take out to Rio, job done.
Next on the agenda was our new race boat. Straight after the S4G we got to work fitting out our new boat from Ovington Boats; boat work on new boats is always more fun than on the old ones, there’s just something about a nice new, clean looking boat that you can not beat. After a few days it was finally ready to hit the water minus a name… With our bear theme of names and looking at this boat, we named it Paddington Bear. Paddington loves marmalade, enough said. We would really like to thank everyone that helped including Silverline Tools, Zest Racing, Shock Sailing, Allen Brothers and Marlow Ropes.
Launch day was a cracking summer's day and after spraying Paddington with some bubbly it was time to hit the water. We spent the rest of the week just tweaking, fiddling and tuning to get her ready for the Europeans. With just a week to go before we fly out, we feel ready to take Paddington for its first test and see how we get on. The last time we were in Helsinki at a 49er Europeans we ended up 2nd overall and 1st European, this time we are hoping to do one better.