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By Matt Smith
Hi, it's Matt Smith again.
I've had an eventful past four weeks in my RS Tera.
4 weeks ago I had the Southern Area championships, these were at Hayling Island, a club I had never been to before and was very impressed with. The race management was fantastic and Chichester Harbour was great to sail in.
After day one I was fifth with all sixths to count. After racing I flew our stunt kite and headed off to the fish and chip shop, for fish and chips which I ate by the sea. After an even better day on day 2 counting a 4th, 2nd and 3rd I was placed 4th by the end of the event, I left feeling very motivated for other events.
The next week and a bit I was on a school trip and the day after I got back it was the Inland National Championships, I had very little sleep after a 23 hour bus journey and headed off to the Inlands very tired. I had a very poor event finishing 16th, worse than I did at the Europeans. But after a terrible result in the first race of day two I managed to put the bad results behind me and 'reset' myself and my sailing began to improve and go back to my usual standard. I put the event down to experience, everyone has bad events.
Last weekend I had the Burnham-on-Crouch Open, part of the Eastern Travellers Series. Because of the wind the course was set across the river for the first day, which meant we had to think about when we crossed the river in relation to the tide. The first day wasn't bad but I wasn't sailing at my best, my results were fifth, fourth, third, fifth. At the end of day one I was fifth. The next day we woke up to no wind and a postponement until the wind filled in. When it finally did fill in there was a very decent breeze. My first race was shocking but after a pep talk from my Dad I was ready for the next race, which I was fifth in. After lunch I went out and finished the weekend with a fourth and a third which left me fifth overall. Out of those entered in the Travellers Series I was second, which extended my overall lead.