The 10 sailors in the NZIODA Girls Development Team left Auckland yesterday. After a delay with our hire vans which had been sent to the wrong airport!!, we eventually made it to the local Junior Yacht Club SRC who are hosting the New Caledonian Optimist Nationals. Boat allocations, boat checks and deposit payments were made and basic boat setup done. A quick trip to the Supermarket ensued before checking in to our accomodation at the Casa Del Sole. The Girls enjoyed a swim in the pool before getting to bed early after a long tiring day of travel.
Day 2 we awoke to a beautiful Island day, light winds, sunny and warm. Baguettes, croissants and coffee for the Parents was on the breakfast menu! The Girls completed their boat and rig setup and headed out for a morning training session. The day grew increasingly warmer with hydration key and keeping out of the sun when on land very important. Practice races were held in the afternoon in the same 10 knot SW breeze. We will have 2 more training days, a rest day and the New Caledonian Nationals start on Thursday.