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A Mixed Bag
By Rooster Sailing
Hi, Just come back from the Topper worlds, Netherlands which for me was an average result but a good performance considering the wind strength. The first day was abandoned with no wind. The second day was champagne sailing conditions, 32 degrees, 15 knots and 4 races. 12,15,2,18 Which with me being one of the lightest in the whole topper fleet were good results. The third day was also abandoned because of lack of wind. On the fourth day we were assigned into gold and silver. I went into the first day of championship racing lying in 20th in gold. The day didn’t go entirely to plan with the wind a steady 18 knots gusting over 20 and me being the lightest in gold fleet it turned into a damage limitation exercise, with one retired because of a broken goose-neck and a 60 and a 62 I dropped to 47th overall. The fith and what turned out to be the last day because of lack of wind on day six was a mixed bag with 12 knots and very steep waves which I hadn’t expirienced before. I had a 18,8,25,30. A 33rd overall was good result considering the wind strength we raced in but was a lot worse compared to my national series results this year. One thing I did learn from this event is that I should of done more training on the sea in windy weather but unfortuntely that isn’t easily accesible sailing in Birmingham. I would like to thank Workum sailing club for holding such a great event. Its been an intresting summer with the RTI being called off for sportsboat and after a disastrous nationals it was good to regain some confidence.