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Great Year in Great Gear
SpringMy sailing season started with a week's training in February with the Irish Sailing Association. As it was very cold, most of the sailors were uncomfortable in their drysuits, or freezing cold. I was just perfect in my Rooster supertherms , so was able to concentrate on improving my skills. Then back to RCYC for a full programme of training in preparation for the Irish Trials.The first leg was in April in Howth Yacht Club., in conjunction with the Irish Youth Nationals. On the first two days it was light and choppy. I managed well in those conditions. Sailing was cancelled for Day 3 because of high winds, so I ended that leg in 2nd place. The second leg of the Trials took place in Dun Laoighaire, as the Europeans were taking place there. It was a windy 2nd leg and I maintained my position. Because Ireland were not sending a team to the Worlds I earned my spot to sail in the Europeans in July.SummerAfter our Trials, training started for the Irish teams, mostly in Dublin. The training went really well for me and I improved a lot and was well prepared for the Europeans. I used the new Thermaflex top which was really comfortable and perfect for the summer weather. Ireland had 14 sailors for the Europeans as we were the host Nation. I started the event consistently, with two 7ths, placing me in 8th position. I never dropped below 12th for the whole event and finished up in 8th place, (1st Irish). I was happy with my result.After the Europeans I went to Weymouth for the British Nationals. I had a disappointing result, even though I enjoyed sailing where the Olympics had been. Then it was straight home for the Irish Nationals, which were in RCYC, my own Club. I started the event poorly but managed to climb my way back into National Champion spot. I was really happy with that result, a great finish to a great summer.AutumnAfter a great Summer I have decided to make the transition into the 420 Class; I am enjoying the boat and looking forward to next season...