Then it was off for the mammoth road trip down to Cork boy for the first IWA event of the year. Ronan McG, Dan G and I cruised down in Ronan's pimped new van, and somewhere between wetting ourselves with giggles, heading half-way to Dublin (not blaming anyone......RONAN!!), and hanging our heads out the window to escape the wrath of Dan's bowels, we made it down in time for the comp.
Photo from BWA Kerry eventWe sailed at Coolmaine, not a bad ould spot, with cross-on starboard tack conditions and some peachy ramps to launch off. The 1st comp was the "big-air" which was basically aimed at kamakaze style air-time, no loops, no pushies, nothing but pure air. No doubt it was some spectacle to watch, everyone was on such a high (ooof bad pun Katie!) after it and Dan G took the win for his monster jump out the back.
Then there was the Expression Session in which everyone sailed like a loony-bin on sails about 4.0-4.7m. I was on my 4.2..... bad call cos I was way over-powered! but I threw my first proper end-over forward. It felt SICK! best rotation I ever did. But over-rotated and whip-lashed my head off my gear. I reckon I bruised my poor brain, I've had a headache and felt nauseous since but all in the name of entertaining the masses I guess! HAHAHA! Turns out Oisin Van G won that session with some epic jumping and loops.
So we trundeled off to the BandB in Clonakilty and the land lady was mad after a bit of Ronan's dust, sure he only loved it! Then an epic dinner, which I've attached a pic of, the only photo I took all weekend, how LAME! But what's more lame is Dan and Ronan trying to pull off the gay-lovers look with their matching sophisticated jumpers and red wines, I had to man up for all of us and order a beer, proper order!!
Oisin Van G took 1st, Marky Mark 2nd, Ryan (young gun) O'Leary 3rd. I won the ladies (and think I came maybe 9th against the boys in the pro fleet, yeeeew!). Amazing turn out by the Silver Fleet too, good on ye!
WOW that was looooong. Sorry if I lost you at hello! So I'm off to Fuerte tomorrow, Can't WAIT! I'll keep ye posted.
Also 2 bits of news: 1) I changed my sail number to IR091 (representing for the Galway kids!)
2) I've some amazing NEW SPONSORS! Can't say much yet but stay tuned.