It's been a while since my last post, I've been pretty busy.
I've started my year in industry placement at Sasol in St Andrews now, which means working 5 days a week full time, eek! It's interesting work though, I'm enjoying being a researcher, which obviously is something I've never done before.
I'm really excited to be going to the Raceboard world championships in a couple of weeks. It'll be my first international competition since the Techno worlds in 2009 at Weymouth. Back then my best conditions were 15-25 knots, which is what we had most of the time, but I messed up every start and got 38th under 17 boy, I was pleased to get gold fleet though, and just loved sailing in windy conditions all week!
|Something going a bit wrong at the Techno worlds in 2009!|
|Nove Mlyny: light wind venue by the looks of things. There is lots of local wine though!|
|Up a mountain with|
Overboard adventure bag
|Somewhere near Crianlarich|
Right now I'm finalising arrangements with Paul Wright, who I'm travelling to the contest with. It's all very exciting. I feel much more ready than I did a few months ago, but it's quite difficult to gauge how I'm doing. I knew I was fast compared to the rest of the UK fleet in marginal and medium winds, but I still feel a little uncomfortable in the really light stuff. I've certainly improved a lot; I've just got to stay focussed and pump like crazy!
Next weekend is UKWA Cup 4 at Pwllheli in north Wales, looking forward to getting back on the race course, it'll be a good warm up for the worlds, which start the week after. I'll have a lot of driving in between though!
Stay tuned for my updates from Pwllheli. I also hope to give a daily update from the Czech Republic here and probably on boards.co.uk as well.