Summer 2016 : Optimist sailing at CIE in Brittany and the British Nationals in Largs
On the 14th July, we set off for the French Nationals (CIE). As we had to travel from Southern France to Brittany, we stopped off in Bordeaux for a night. In the afternoon of the following day, we arrived at Loctudy in Brittany, and I met up with my sister Iona who was already in Brittany as she had done a week of racing there already.
The next day we completed registration and unpacked our boats, but we didn’t go out training as there was no wind! On the first day of the regatta we did a practice race, I went back ashore early. The next day there was no wind in the morning, but we managed to get out on the water for racing in the afternoon. Conditions were light during the week, until the last day. On the last day there was more wind, but I did very badly that day because I got weed on my centreboard.
Iona finished 3rd girl in the Senior fleet at CIE, it's the same result she got last year, so she was happy to be on the podium, but would have liked to have improved on last year's result.
The week of CIE didn’t go too well for me so I said to myself I have the British Nationals coming up, so I wasn’t too sad in the end! Iona didn’t go to the British Nationals this year as she had been selected for a French-German training camp and then was sailing at the German Nationals.
This year (2016) the regatta that I was most looking forward to was the British Nationals in Largs. I was more excited about that than the French regattas as it would mean I could test myself against international sailors from all around the world.
One week before the Nationals I did an optimist training clinic at Largs for 3 days with British sailors and coaches. I had fun at the clinic and learnt a lot. I got used to the race area and it was good to make friends with sailors from Britain and Bermuda. Then it was a few rest days staying with my cousins who live in Glasgow, and after that the Nationals started. In the first two days of the Nationals there was good wind and I had some good results, including a 4th and a 2nd. I was very happy with my results in the first half of the regatta. On the 3rd day it was lighter winds, and on the fourth day I sailed a brilliant windy race. When the wind dropped I did not get such good results, but I still had fun. At the end of the regatta we had medium winds. I finished 26th overall.
I have to say my Rooster Pro Aquafleece top kept me warm and dry in Largs……it was my favourite bit of kit during my racing in Scotland. Afterwards, it was a long drive home to France. I hope to go to the British Nationals again next year, when it will be my final year in the junior fleet.Callum