The new year has been full of sailing, with far more regatta opportunities arising.
Sail Melbourne was a great regatta to kick off the year with a fleet of 29 boats in the ILCA 6. It was very close racing amongst the top sailors throughout the five days of racing. We had a mix of conditions, both onshore and offshore, providing a range of sea states. I placed 3rd overall and was the first U19.
NSW ILCA Metros was hosted by RPAYC on Pittwater. It was great fun to be sailing amongst the local crowd again even if it meant sailing in very brown water and floating tree branches. Despite some tough and shifty conditions I placed 2nd overall and 1st U19.
The Helly Hansen Women's Challenge at Manly Yacht Club was a great day to spend coaching the up and coming girls in the Open Skiff Class. It was so nice so see how many girls are enjoying their sailing and eager to learn and become more competitive. The girls definitely loved hopping in my laser at the end of the day for even more sailing!
I traveled to Queensland for the ILCA 6 States that were held at RQYS over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of April. It was a great location weather wise, with very warm temperatures compared to Sydney. Both days of racing we had a steady sea-breeze that built throughout the day. It was a competitive open fleet in the radial class with 35 boats. We completed the full series of five races, and I sailed away with a net score of 6 points and the Queensland ILCA 6 State Title. Woohoo!
My next regatta is back in Melbourne for the Victorian Youth States.
Special thanks to my parents and my coach for their awesome support this year!
Manly Yacht Club
North Manly Physio
Jon West & Beau Outteridge for photographs