I am writing to thank the Royal Southern Yacht Club Trust for the generous grant of money that gave me the opportunity to be able to train throughout the winter such as being able to go to Palamos (Spain) to compete at a very competitive Christmas regatta which permitted me to improve and refine my sailing by experiencing bigger fleet racing and very different conditions compared to the UK
This therefore meant I could be as prepared as possible, ready for the 420 Class Youth Nationals, which was the selector event for the Worlds team and the ISAF boat (1st boat overall). The Youth Nationals consisted of very challenging light conditions throughout all of the 5 days, making it very challenging for everyone competing.
Sadly we did not have the best start to the event meaning we could no longer reach the ISAF position but due to some excellent results towards the end of the event we were able to secure a position for the Worlds team, which was one of our goals. Although we managed to go in 2021, the competition and number of boats aiming to achieve the 2022 Worlds Team has grown significantly, so although we had improved as sailors we knew it would still be a tough challenge. We are extremely pleased with achieving Worlds even if the Youth Nationals did not go exactly the way we had hoped for but thanks to your grant of money we were able to feel prepared enough that even when we didn’t have the best start to an event, we were able to pick ourselves back up and finish on a high, achieving our goal.
2022 GBR 420 Worlds Team
12th Overall at the 420 Youth Nationals with 4 top 5 finishes
1st Picture is from Palamos December 2021, 2nd Picture is from Pwhelli Youth Nationals 2022