Over this spring, due to the circumstances of the Covid-19 lockdown, I have been competing in various online regattas on the sailing simulation game called “Virtual Regatta Inshore”. I had the mentality that if I play for long enough, I could start achieving, which I think is safe to say that I did. The training in the winter in my Neil Pryde kit really helped me do well in this as there was lots of tactics work covered in the winter training that were transferrable to the game. Highlights were:
- 1st at the RYA Eric Twinname VR Junior Championships,
- 2nd in the RYA National Youth e-sailing Championships,
- 3rd in the UK Laser Class Association’s Lockdown Ladder series, and winner of the Laser 47 class, and a finalist at the RYA’s spring class e-Sailing championships.
- I also set up a team of 5 people, where we came 3rd in an international online team racing regatta.
I also tried to keep fit by using a hiking bench for about 30 minutes every day, and cycling whenever I could.
As soon as the lockdown restrictions were eased, I at once started training in my laser 4.7 at every opportunity I had. Initially this was solo sailing at my club at the Welsh Harp in London. I believe I had actually improved due to the fact that I had grown and put on a little more weight. As lockdown eased further, I did several races in all sorts of wind conditions against the laser standard club sailors, and won around half of them. My NeilPryde kit really helps as it allows me to perform at maximum level without being affected by the temperature.
I am now on my way to Poland where lockdown has been eased even further, and I plan to train and prepare for the Eurilca championships with other Laser sailors at the Polish National Sailing Academy in Gdansk.