Gdynia Euro Cup
After a break from sailing due to exams, the 2018 summer began with flying to Gdynia, Poland for the 6th Euro Cup accompanied by five other British boats that went. We had two days of training before the competition started to get back into boat handling and regain our feel for the boat. The competition began on the 27th of June and ran for four days finishing on the 30th of June. With some challenging conditions on the last two days due to the sea state and the wind we finished 18th overall. We found the competition helpful in improving our racing and tactical skills having had our break from sailing.
After the Gdynia Euro Cup, we then embarked on our training programme to prepare us for the National and World championships. Two weeks out from the 29er Nationals, we headed to Weymouth for a Youth Squad camp. We found this camp tremendously helpful in terms of really honing our skills on boat set up and improving our gybing in heavy winds. Moreover, to gain a competitive edge we then proceeded to train locally at Torbay Sailing Club for the next four days to get plenty time on the water. We felt since Hayling Island is not the simplest of venues due to its complicated tides that it would be beneficial to sail at Hayling Island before the Nationals started accompanied by a coach. Prior to the event starting we received an exciting delivery of both our NeilPryde Sailing kit which we are very thankful of them for, and a brand new 29er with sail number 2849.
Having done plenty of training we felt prepared going into the second main event of the summer. The first day of Nationals were too windy to sail and the race committee abandoned the racing the day prior. The rest of the event was thankfully sailable bringing a mix of conditions, ranging from a big sea state and wind to calm and flat water, which allowed us to sail a 16-race series. The event was highly enjoyable and well ran so we had plenty of learning points to take away from the event. Overall, we finished 9th and made podium for the girls finishing 3rd.
2018 European Championships
Next, we flew to Helsinki the capital of Finland to begin the 2018 European Championships. The event ran from the 7th to 12th of August. We found the venue challenging in terms of its shifty conditions due to the wind coming over Helsinki city on the land. After the first three days of the competition we qualified into the gold fleet. We then sailed the final series and found this fairly testing due to the very high standard of the fleet, especially on the start lines. Overall we finished 32nd and 4th lady pairing.
29er Summer Championships
Finally, to end the summer, we went to the first 29er Summer Championships. The event lasted for three days with one of the days being cancelled due to the wind (we still managed to get out and do some training in the breeze), the event and summer ended on a high with us winning the overall event and winning the first ladies prize.