During January, I have had Mock GCSE’s so did not get much time on the water. I did manage to do a lot of work in the gym to strengthen and bulk up for sailing this year and move into the radial sail, thanks to Platinum Health & Fitness for all their help and encouragement.
On the 14th of January, I celebrated one year since Rockfish and myself partnered together to create my dream of getting to the Olympics. It has been an amazing 12 months and I have learned and progressed a lot from being near the back of the national fleet to the middle/near the front and learning how to negotiate the race course.
On the 20th and 21st, I was at Datchet Sailing Club on Queen Mother Reservoir for UKLA training. The reservoir was full of shifting winds and gusts, near the bottom there was just enough wind to hike but at the top you couldn’t even feel wind so it was challenging. On the first day, we focused on boat speed in the morning and race starts in the afternoon, this was good for trigger pulls so I know when to accelerate and keep a good lane in the raceway. On the second day, We worked on race strategy and tactics by moving the windward mark and leeward gate and putting bias on the start line, this was good to see how to keep your space on a bias line and when to slot into your gap on the line. After this we did some short races to put everything we had learned into practice.
On the 27th and 28th, I was at the WPNSA for Ladder 5 which was also a World Championships Qualifier for the worlds in Poland in July. The first day there was very strong winds gusting up to 30 knots with large waves reaching around 1.5 meters, around half of the fleet retired but I stayed out to get a 24, 26 and 17th finishing the day in 22ndplace overall. On the second day, it started off with lighter winds of only around 10-15 knots but half way through the second race, it picked back up to around 20-25 knots with the same waves as the previous day, I finished the weekend in 24th place out of 51 and 15th out of the boys.