On the 1st of December, I was at RTYC racing there for the last time of 2018 in some very strong winds which were also fluctuating, this was challenging conditions however I was the only person there so it gave me the opportunity to work on and practise new skills I have learnt from training. I was out for around 2 to 3 hours which was a good amount of time to train.
On the 15th and 16th of December, I was in Weymouth for T1 training which was beneficial to my sailing when working on theory and boatspeed. On the Saturday, I did lots of theory and fitness as the conditions were poor unfortunately so we couldn’t sail. We worked on different rules of sailing and how to use them to our advantage and we also did a 30 minute fitness session that we could do when we can’t make it to the gym and then we worked on strong wind technique and sheeting in faster when rounding a leeward mark. On Sunday, the conditions were better but winds were still very strong so we could go and work on boatspeed which helped improve my sailing. I was working mostly on my sheeting and kinetics through the boat to help drive it through the gusts and waves which i enjoyed and found very useful. We also did some rabbit runs and 4 minute lane holds which I placed well in. This was a very beneficial weekend and I learned a lot to help with my racing in the new year.
Over the past year, I have slowly progressed in my weight gain due to my new diet and fitness program. It’s good to see my weight is finally increasing as this has been a challenge. I need to be heavier now for the Radial Sail, and then the Standard Sail.
2018 has been a great year for gaining experience and improving my sailing ability. I have progressed from the 4.7 rig (ending the season 23rd out of 87) to the radial rig which is the next size sail. This has been challenging as I am now racing against adults, not just people my own age.
I am looking forward to 2019 and all of the events planned including, youth nationals, laser nationals and lots of training and qualifiers and hopefully gaining more weight for the standard sail. We also have a few other plans which are yet to be confirmed.
Thank you to Rockfish and Mitch for their continued support and helping me on this journey to achieve my goal. Happy New Year to everyone and thank you for all of your continued support!