2020, so many plans and then C19 happened. The year started well, in February I competed in the Florida Masters followed by the US Master Mid-Winters. At the Dinghy Show I was really pleased to be selected as a NeilPryde Sailing team rider. I've been wearing their gear for several years now and really like the comfort and fit. I then flew to Australia for the Oceanic & Australian Masters Championships immediately prior to the Masters Worlds. Unfortunately, the first event was curtailed but we did complete a series, I finished joint 1st but 2nd on count back, and the Worlds had to be cancelled due to C19.
It took a few days to get a flight back to the UK and a few more to come to terms with the new reality. I kept fit principally on the Concept 2 rower often doing over 100kms per week and getting sub 39 mins for 10,000m which I am pretty pleased about. Thanks to the work by the committee at Oxford sailing Club, we were one of the first clubs back on the water and have had great fun with lots of short course racing 2 days a week. For the last 5 weeks I have also been training at Stokes Bay in some pretty awesome champagne conditions. The rowing has been good for endurance fitness but there is nothing quite like hiking a laser to build the right muscles.
The UKLA committee has worked wonders alongside WPNSA and I have just entered the re-vamped Laser Nationals in August. This will be my first event since March. Europe is seeing a second wave of lockdown restrictions but I am hoping my autumn plans for racing in Spain and Italy will be able to proceed. This is our new reality and I hope that an effective vaccine is found soon so that sailing can get back to normal. I have also stepped up to become the EurILCA Masters Coordinator and have started the 2021 planning.