Saturday and Sunday saw my first ever regatta experiences as a racer. It was a well organised event, although I was so distracted by sorting out racing stuff that I didn't get a great deal of browsing time.
We won our first 1k race on the Saturday by 3 lengths, only to lose the next narrowly by 3/4 of a length. This was all good experience, although I feel that I have a lot of work to do before the next regatta, to prepare myself better now that I know what is needed. The team that beat us made it through to the final at least.
The taste of blood in the throat from having breathe so hard so long was interesting, after having had a chest infection on and off for the best part of a month I was a tad worried - but it cleared up pretty quickly :o)
Sunday over the shorter sprint distance (500m) we simply didn't have the start to match our opponents... they went on to win the category (some gratification I suppose!).
An awful lot of valuable lessons learnt, all around, about preparing, organising, committing, helping... the regatta experience is great as a spectator (I found out through last season), but is fantastic is a competitor ;o)