Recap: Harry West

At the end of February, I travelled to Alexandra Palace and I had the honour of joining the Neil Pryde Team riders. I felt immensely proud to be wearing my Neil Pryde team bib when I attend the Tera National Squad training session on the 7th March at a very windy Royal Torbay Y. C. Then lockdown hit. During this time, I kept myself busy with boat maintenance and keeping fit running, cycling and on our rowing machine.

Then on the 13th May our harbour master opened the slipway allowing access to the Solent, we could go sailing again! I am extremely fortunate as we have our own RIB which allowed me to get back on to the water straight away. Luckily, I belong to an incredibly supportive club with a great team of volunteers who have worked extremely hard to get things in place to allow training and now club racing. This enables me to be on the water most days of the week. Social distancing has meant double handed sailing can only take place with members of my own household, so I have recruited my brother and father to crew for me in our Feva and 420. It feels amazing to be sailing with my friends again.

STOP PRESS I have just received exciting news that the Tera Nationals might now be back, the proposed venue is WPNSA and hopefully it will happen at the beginning of September. This is giving me a focus for my training and I hope to be positioned in the top 10.

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