A Summer of Sailing
So far it has been a very eventful summer for me. The first big event was the Streaker national championships in Weymouth over the 3rd to 5th of July. This was my first Streaker event and jolly good fun it was too! The forecast was for a breezy weekend of racing in Portland Harbour, with the wind coming from a westerly direction. This favoured going left upwind, capitalising on the wing bend around Portland. The healthy entry of 48 boats and the close racing was excellent. My Rooster Streaker and Rooster Mylar sail performed admirably. I finished the championships in 18th position, winning the ‘Under Trophy’ for under 20 year olds.
I have just returned from the Laser Nationals, held at Mounts Bay SC during the first week in August. This is a first class venue in a wonderful part of the world. The wind is (usually) steady with some big rolling waves coming into the bay to provide exciting downwind sailing. Ken Falcon, the race officer set some excellent courses, making the most of the fantastic sailing area. I was lucky enough to win a race by going right for any wind bend off of the land in a southerly breeze. This boosted me to second place overall. However, I finished the event in fourth place. Aided by the Rooster Pro toestraps for the Laser, I was able to conquer the strong wings and larger waves that we had on Tuesday and Wednesday.
After the Laser Nationals, I had the privilege of experiencing how racing is run from the committee boat during HISC’s Youth Race Week. I spent the week helping to run the racing for the RS Fevas, 29ers and the handicap fleet (Radials, 4.7s, Toppers, and RS 200s). It is helpful for every sailor to remember how racing is run and the challenges that race committees face.