I am now back in Australia after three months in Europe. Overall it was a pretty successful tour, with a 4th in Scheveningen Week, 5th Holland Regatta, 6th Kiel Regatta.
My last event was the World Championships in Largs, Scotland where I finished in the back of the Gold fleet. It was a tough event and probably one of those regattas you look back on and learn a lot from. The event was running over 6 days but we only got proper racing in on the first 3 days. This teaches you how important the first few races of a regatta can be.
Largs, Scotland was a very frontal venue that either had loads of wind or none at all. Race One I retired from the race after I had an unfortunate incident with a Swedish girl and race two I was coming 6th and lost 6 boats on the beat to the finish…tough start.
Day two proved to be better where I posted an 8th in very tricky light air conditions, race two was a 25th after coming back from a 45th top mark rounding.
Day Three I was coming 6th and heading out to the left hand side where a big persistent right hander put me back into 28th position…another tough break.
Day Four “Gold Fleet Day” I started badly and found myself rounding well back in the fleet, the wind switched 180* with a big cloud overcoming the course. I just could find the right path back through the fleet and finished 55th. This last result had to count which put me right down the leader board.
I am now reviewing my program before I head back to the UK for the “Sail For Gold Regatta” which is in the Olympic Venue for 2012. It will be a great opportunity to find out as much info as possible.
Thankyou to Renske DeHass, Kampen Family, Evans Family at http://www.ayrshirecountryholiday.co.uk/, AIS crew in Varese Italy, Julian & Hamilton, YA and Fletch my coach for all your support this trip.
Looking forward to fighting my way back to the top.