July 2019 Report: Max Steele

In July there were two main events:

  • The RS Tera Inland Nationals
  • The RS Feva World Championships

The RS Tera Pro Inland Nationals

The wind was very light and shifty, and it was slightly chilly and wet, so I wore my Neil Pryde Elite  neoprene and spraytop.  This worked well -- I started the regatta with a bullet in the first race.  Unfortunately however, the wind shifted in the second race, and I was caught on the lighter side of the course, but still managed to catch up on most of the fleet and achieve a 6th placing.  Due to the light winds, there was no further racing on the first day. 

Boats racing

The second day was very similar, and I achieved a 2nd, 3rd and 6th placing.  Overall this would have put me in 3rd position for the overall championship.  However, unfortunately I lost a protest hearing, which I thought was unfair, but it was a learning experience.  This dropped me to 5th place overall – still a good result but not on the podium. 

Max Steele racing

World Championship RS Feva Fellonica:

My partner, Joe Warwicker and I drove down to Follonica in Italy with our families.  This was a lot of fun. 

The temperature was really hot, and so I wore just Neil Pryde short Hike Pads. My parents and coach insisted that I also wear a rash vest in addition to a sun visor for sun protection. 

Max Steele wearing NPS visor

Prior to the world championships we had taken part in only two major regattas and achieved middle of gold fleet or top 25% in both.  In Follonica, this would have been around 50th place, as there were as many as 200 boats competing. 

Max Steele pushing boat

So when we achieved three top 10 and three top 20 placings across the qualifying and final series, to achieve 18th place overall, this was really great.  Considering how strong the fleet was, which included a hall of fame from other fleets, including an Olympic sailor, it feels good to be in the top-20 in the world.  We were extremely pleased with how much we had improved, and if not for a few small mistakes, we might have achieved a top-10 result, so we are really looking forward to next season. 

Next up in August – RS Tera World Championships. 

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