The ISA Youth Pathway Nationals are over until next year now. It promised to be an exciting event with nearly 150 boats across 5 fleets (Laser radials, Laser 4.7, Toppers, 420s and Optimist). It was going to be a challenging event with 29 people in my fleet (Laser 4.7) trying to qualify for International teams with only one discard for the whole event. It was also my second competition in the 4.7 as I only started sailing the 4.7 in October last year. The event took place in Howth Yacht Club on the Howth Peninsula in North County Dublin over four days (Thursday the 24th
to Sunday the 27th
of April) with 4.7 racing from Friday to Sunday.
Day one started with light winds with 7 to 10 knots forecast for the day. The first race stared 11.55 in the morning. There were three races planned for the first day of racing .The first race is always one off the most important races so it puts you in a good mood for the rest of the event. In my first race I finished 10th overall. As the day went on the wind built to a steady 10 knots. These are the conditions I most enjoy sailing in. The second race was a little worse finishing 13th
. In the last race I had a slightly better race finishing 9th
. Overall I had a good day with pretty good consistency. After the first day I was in 11th
Day two was not looking good with 25 knots and gusts of up to 30 forecast. When I arrived it was pretty windy but I still rigged in case we got the go ahead to sail. Shortly after the race committee decided that it was just too windy for any classes to go sailing. I was happy because it meant I would keep my position.
Day three was olso going to be windy but not as bad as day two with 15 knots and guest of 20. Since it was an Easterly breeze there was going to be big waves. The first race of the day three was going to be difficult because I’m still quite light for a 4.7 at 54 kilos but I’m tall at 1.77 M. Also the waves were massive which was so much fun on the downwind legs, pumping on the waves under the watchful eye of the jury. In the first race I finished 13th
and I was happy enough with my result. The second race was going to be even harder because the wind started to drop but the waves weren’t getting any smaller. I ended up finishing 16th
. I was a bit annoyed because I knew this would make me drop a few places. The final race of the Youth Nationals was my worst race finishing 21st
overall. This race was going to be my discard but it wasn't that bad because I had good consistency over the event. I finished 14th
out of 29.
The 2014 ISA Youth Nationals were a really good event. This was my second Nationals since I started sailing and I was happy with my result. I thought the races were a bit short because if you made a mistake you had basically ended your race. The races were only a half an hour long. My next event will be the Laser Ulster Championships in the East Antrim Sailing Club in Larne later on in May.
For more information on sailing from Howth visit www.hyc.ie
Howth has a fully serviced marina and is a gateway to the beautiful North County Dublin coastline.
Sailing grounds for ISA Youth Pathway Nationals off Howth in North County Dublin.
The Laser 4.7, Toppers and Optimists raced in the course labelled Cush
The Laser radials and 420s raced in race course labelled Portmarnock
The Optimist trials raced in race course labelled Talbot off Lambay Island.
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