Pursuing the theme I started on Tuesday of trying to get a good mental picture of an
Makes it look easy doesn't he?
Ha ha. Only joking. The shot above shows Nick's "just sitting comfortably in the boat while chatting to the camera and explaining what he is going to do in this video" pose. That is not how you sail a Laser upwind in 15 knots. Well, maybe if you weighed 250lbs this would work.
Hmmm, That looks a bit more strenuous.
But wait. It gets worse.
Just after this shot Nick says, "And then the hard bit. Lean back and keep that work rate up all the time. The harder you hike, the faster you go…. As the wave hits the boat the weight goes out and back."
You really have to watch the video from about 1:00 onwards to appreciate how active Nick is in the boat. Working the waves with his body. Working the sheet. Steering aggressively. But here is one screenshot to give you an impression of what it's all about.
I can do that.
Well sort of.
For a short time.
A minute or two, perhaps.
But I'm not fit enough to do it all day long for multiple mile long beats.
And I bet if I put a GoPro camera on my boat, I would discover that I'm not really hiking like Nick Thompson at all. It just feels like I am.
Maybe I'll just buy some of that cool Zhik hiking gear and a matching hat and PFD in a fetching shade of turquoise.
That should work?