The summer has been busy; In July I found a new crew Johnny to sail with and we started our new partnership by heading to Ireland to take part in the 420 Irish Nationals. Having only been in the boat for 1 day together before getting to Ireland we approached the event as a training event to get used to sailing with each other and to understand whether the partnership was going to work. We finished 3rd overall which was a great result for us and made us realise that the partnership could work and we were looking forward to the 420 British Nationals at the end of August.
I spent 4 weeks in August at my sailing club in Trearddur Bay; during the first week (Sail Training Week) I helped out at an assistant instructor whilst jumping in and out of different boats to race in throughout the summer; including crewing for my mum in the ladies race!
Johnny and I attended the 420 British Nationals in Hayling Island at the end of the month. It was a great turnout with 47 boats attending. Johnny couldn't attend the first day as he was taking part in a National Hockey event which meant that one of the dads jumped in the boat with me. Johnny then joined me for the last 3 days; we sailed well given the light winds and had a 5th and 6th, along with early teens but a black flag and a bad start meant we finished 18th overall. However, we were happy with our second event in the conditions so after a quick turnaround we then headed to the 470 Nationals at WPNSA. After 2 days training in the 470; our first time in the boat we started racing on Saturday morning. After a good first race we were doing well in race 2 when the kicker snapped on the boat we'd hired meaning we had to retire from that race and head ashore to try to get it fixed. After finding someone to lend us a new boom we set out and were able to take part in the last race of the day. We had some solid results and learnt lots - it was a great event and really good fun. We're looking forward to doing some more 470 sailing alongside our 420 campaign.