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Laurence's PWA New Caledonia adventure #1

PWA - New Caledonia

After an absolutely hectic semester at university, I finished exams on Friday (November 14th). I had a look at the forecast for the next day and a solid 30+knots was forecast. I wasn’t planning on sailing however there was the North Island Champs so I couldn't say no to a bit of competition. Thpacking.

AirCalin made it so easy, treating me like royalty which was absolutely awesome. I checked my four bags in with no worries and no extra charges for a change. Once on the plane my caddy (aka. father) instantly fell asleep - he has a lot to learn in order to be a good caddy...

when we arrived in New Caledonia to go through a gear check and to make sure I understand I can’t sell my gear here. But not long after this, the customs boys were showing me pictures of all the hot girls that had flown in for the event. It was hilarious as they were all so excited yet I understood nothing as they were all speaking french.
We were then picked up by the PWA team and taken to our accommodation. The bus ride was awesome as we got to see a lot of the island including the local university. However the lack of air conditioning made the 28 degrees quite intense. There was no wind when we arrived at Anse Vata so we had a look around our accommodation and went out for dinner.

This morning we woke up at 5am as it was bright by then (I don't think they use daylight savings like at home), so we went for a stroll along the beach. On our journey we bumped into the infamous Bjorn Dunkerbeck. He was really nice and told us where to go to find all my gear and the event headquarters. As I haven't met him before it was amazing to see how big he was. It will be Bjorns last event which is sad as he is a role model for any up and coming athlete. Nevertheless he is certainly one of the main people I hope to beat.

I found my container which I will be sharing with Tim Woods. The container to our right is the Aussies and the left is Antoine Quentel and a few other French sailors. Most sailor have been here for the last week training.

"Its pretty awesome seeing all the people you only ever seen in pictures"

Today I checked all my gear which has luckily had no damage on the way here. So I set all my boards up and organised the container for the upcoming week. The forecast is looking promising, especially Thursday onward. So keep an eye on the PWA website for updates and also on my Instagram and Facebook.

Tomorrow is registration and the opening ceremony. I'm really excited to be apart of everything and putting New Zealand back on the world tour. Today I also noticed the NZ flag was finally flying again on the PWA, something which I can see staying put for a while to come.

Bring on the racing!

For pictures and to follow Laurence on Face book https://www.facebook.com/LaurenceCareysNZL252
and his website http://www.laurencecarey.com/

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