Since the start of the year I have continued to concentrate on my Laser 4.7 sailing. I competed in the Chichester Yacht Club Snowflake Series, where I finished 13th overall in the medium fleet. I really enjoy this series, it's held at a very friendly club and the variety of different boats make for some fun racing, even if the average laps scoring can be frustrating when the wind dies and you are still racing.
I have also been travelling to the 4.7 Ladder events (10 events in total), I managed to win the Weymouth ladder in March and am laying in 4th place after eight events.
Next was the Glyn Charles Pursuit Race held at HISC, my home club. I always enjoy pursuit races at HISC because we race in areas of the harbour that we do not usually experience. In this year’s race I managed to finish in 15th place and receive the 1st youth boat award.
Two weeks ago we bought a Rooster Streaker no. 1845 as a joint enterprise between me and my father. The Rooster Streaker is a very light and well-built boat. I have admired the Streaker for a while. It is an elegant boat that is very responsive. The Solo is the strongest single-handed class at HISC and since I am too light for a Solo, the Streaker will give me the chance to race with the Solo's on a very similar handicap and enjoy some close racing. Indeed, on bank holiday Monday, HISC held another pursuit race. This time I did it in the Streaker. I started one minute after the Solos but managed to pass them all and finished 7th overall.
I have only been club sailing recently because I am revising for GCSEs, but once they are finished I have lots of events planned for the summer. The Laser Nationals at Mounts Bay, the South Coast Grand Prix series and Chichester Harbour Fed Week. Can't wait for the summer to start.