2013 Winter Regatta
The 2013 winter regatta was cold, wet and unpredictable. Being the first event of the season I was hoping for a good result. Weymouth as most sailors know was the Olympic sailing venue and is widely known for having stable wind, this was not the case. Shifty winds meant consistency was key. My first race of the new season did not start well, I was shut out with 10 seconds to go but managed to tack out into clear air and salvage a fourth. The second race was a lot more successful mainly down to fact that I got a good start.
It eventually led to me winning the race by a decent margin. The third and final race of the day was a bit of a disappointment as I was leading at the first gate but had to choose which side of the beat to choose on the next leg, this was made more difficult by the fact that the sailor in second decided to sail off on his own to the right. I decided to go with the majority of the fleet but by the time I got close to the windward mark it became apparent that he had an unassailable lead this left me finishing second. At the end of the first day I was lying first overall.
The following day was met by rain and wind. We waited around on the shore as the postponement flag had been raised due to the conditions. Eventually at 11:30 we were released as the wind had subsided. All I had to do was come better than fourth to guarantee overall victory. At the windward mark I was lying sixth so I was able to use my good boat speed downwind to get up to third by the gate. On the following beat I was not able to gain anymore places but this all changed on the run where I got up into second where I finished the race. The PRO did try to get second race in but a sudden violent squall left quarter of the fleet upside down and the rest dashing for the safety of the shore and racing was over. This meant the final result showed I had won by 3 points which was a successful conclusion to a miserable weekend.