Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 24th February 2020
2019 UK Laser Qualifiers
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the final UK Laser Worlds and Europeans qualifier of the series, as this clashed with the U21 Worlds in Croatia. In the first 2 events of the series at Sunderland and Weymouth, I finished 9th (3rd U21 and 1st U19) and 12th (1st U21). I am currently 2nd overall in the U21 series and 12th in the senior series. I am looking forward to some more qualifier racing at the 3 upcoming qualifiers in March.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 22nd December 2019
Vilamoura Winter Training Camp
In December, I flew out to Vilamoura, Portugal with the rest of the British team for a long training camp and to race in the Portugal Grand Prix against some of the best senior sailors in the world. I finished 38th overall in the event. It was a tough, focussed week and lining up against these guys was a huge experience for me. I had a great time training and racing out there with the likes of Robert Scheidt and other big names! It was good to get away from the cold and really put some hours in on the water.
As well as this, I have been spending a lot of time down in Weymouth over the winter so far, training as part of the British Youth Sailing Team and putting a lot of time into my physical preparation with help from TASS. I appreciate all the support I receive to help me enjoy my sailing and get the most out of my campaign. I am keen to prove myself this year.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 3rd November 2019
This last season, I competed in the U21 Laser World Championships in Split, Croatia and the U21 Laser European Championships in Dziwnow, Poland. These were my first U21 international competitions and I finished 76th (29th U19) and 84th (33rd U19) in large, very competitive fleets. I also competed in the famous Kiel Week, finishing 37th. I have had a very productive summer of racing and I have highlighted some key areas which I have been working on for the coming season. I am grateful for the continued support from Phoenix Marine as I continue to progress and climb up through the international rankings. I am looking forward to getting back on the international circuit and hopefully making some big improvements.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 4th August 2019
UK Laser Nationals 2019
Far from my best week at the UK Laser Nationals… I finished 10th overall, 5th U21 and 1st U19. It was a very tricky week and ultimately some big scores cost me. There is plenty for me to take away from this event and I will be better next time. It was still a great weeks sailing and the event was very well run.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 14th May 2019
RYA Youth Nationals 2019
This year, the Youth Nationals were held at WPNSA. It was a tough week with a huge variety of conditions and very close, small fleet racing.
The week started with a huge first day and the breeze made for some tough racing. Unfortunately, there was so much wind that only 1 race was sailed. Day 2 was much lighter and all 3 races were completed but on day 3, heavy fog meant that the day was abandoned after a long wait around. The race committee made up for this on the following day by running 4 races in glamour sailing conditions followed by 1 very light wind race on the final day.
The mixture of conditions made the week very challenging and I have definitely learnt a lot from it. I generally managed to stay consistent throughout the week which I am very happy about, with my best race result as 2nd.
I finished 4th overall and 1st U19 making me the U19 national champion which was a nice way to round off the week. However, I was slightly disappointed not to make the podium so I’ll be looking to do that in the future. Well done especially to Joe Drake who sailed an outstanding event and deservingly won overall.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 15th March 2019
UKLA Spring Qualifier WPNSA 2019
Last weekend was the first Laser qualifier of the year and it was intense! Saturday was about 20 knots all day and shifty. The race committee had already decided that we would do 4 races that day because the forecast for Sunday was definitely unsailable. I sailed quite a consistent day starting with an 18th. In the 2nd race I also finished 18th. Then the wind began to die and went hard left for the next 2 races generally. I finished 17th and 16th meaning I finished 19th overall and 1st U19. Each race was closely contested through the whole fleet. I felt like it was a solid performance from myself but nothing special and I’ll be looking to improve this result this weekend at Stokes Bay.
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