Optimist event round-up - by Finian Morris
Having done 4 events over the last 6 weeks it was time to write a blog.
The first event was the Eric Twiname Championships at Rutland. At this event you compete as your zone squad in every thing from sailing to human table football. When I woke up on Saturday it was quite windy on shore. We were sharing a coach with the east zone. By the time the first race started the breeze had died significantly and I got a 15, 8 and 7. In the evening we played human table football against other zones. In the end we won the human table football. On the second day I scored 16, 12 and 4 which put me in 4th overall. The South East were also the best zone in the whole event.
The second event was the inlands at Grafham. It was a mainly light air event with big shifts. In the end I finished 50th overall and 1st under 12
The next event was Hayling Island open that was sponsored by Rooster. On the first day I struggled in gusts of 25 knots with big waves but I finished every race. The second day was much lighter although there was still a big chop. In the end I finished 30th.The last event was Lymington Optimist open which was a windy and choppy event. I finished 16th overall.
The Eastern Area Championships were at Aldburgh and it was mainly light wind and tricky tidal conditions. Racing took place in the river. I finished 5th and was very happy with my results to count were 4, 3, 4, 6 and 6. Swimming in the giant waves on the beach after sailing on Saturday was such fun. Well done to Blake Wilson who had come from Australia on his second summer on his Optimist tour of Europe and won the event.
Next was Warsash Open. We knew the conditions would be good on the water and had already seen Concise 10, the MOD 70 trimaran, set a new round the island record. We sailed 2 miles to the race course and found great conditions. There were only 19 boats so I was keen to see how I could imporve my starts. After the first day I was 5th and was delighted. The second day started well with a 3rd and in the end I kept my position of 5th overall. This event was generously sponsored by Rooster. Ian Walker was there to give out the prizes. I had a difficult time shaking his hand whilst eating an ice cream!
This event was great fun and I can’t wait until the next event, which is the British Nationals.