Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 22nd December 2018
Palamos Christmas Race 2018
This year was the first year I had competed at the Christmas race and it began on 19th December. I had a already been in Spain for a few days beforehand whilst I was picking up a charter boat and getting set for the week.
Initially, the forecast for the week had been light but every race, besides the first race, was very windy and the waves were huge!
In race 1, the conditions changed at start time and I did not react quickly enough. This meant I scored a 19th in the first race which was disappointing. However, races 2 and 3 were much better. I finished 10th and 11th.
Day 2, unfortunately, was too light to sail which was frustrating.
Day 3 was another big day and it was breezy! In race 4 I finished 15th but in race 5 an early start meant I was disqualified from that race. I sorted myself out after this and finished 11th in race 6.
The wind, on the final day of racing, never filled in which meant we were sat in shore all day which was a shame. I finished in 14th overall.
In summary, it was a fantastic experience racing at that level in an international fleet and, although my result was disappointing, the event has helped highlight some key areas to focus on for 2019. The event was a good way to round off quite a successful year for me.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 28th October 2018
Laser Inland Championships 2018
The 2018 Laser Inlands were held at Rutland SC and it was a cold weekend! Day 1 was particularly windy and shifty making the racing very challenging and intense. I sailed a solid 3 races and my results were 5th, 4th and 6th. This left me 7th overnight but the points at the top were very close. Day 2 was quite similar and I started the day with a 10th which I was not happy about. However, I improved throughout the day and finished 6th and 8th. This left me in 6th overall which I was quite happy with. Ur was a great weekend and the racing also helped me work out what I need to concentrate on over the winter and how my speed is compared to the top guys.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 21st October 2018
Laser Autumn Qualifier Weymouth and Youth Squad Training
Last weekend was the last autumn qualifier and it was a pretty light wind weekend. There was only 1 race on Saturday and the wind died half way through it! I finished 13th. Sunday was also quite light but there was enough wind this time! Unfortunately, I didnít have the best day and I finished 22nd, 20th and (25th) which meant that I finished 19th overall which I was a bit disappointed with. However, for the next 3 days, I was training with the laser standard youth squad and head coach James Gray. It was great trading with the P3 sailors as well and Iím looking forward to a good winter training with them all to get ready for the summer.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 7th October 2018
Laser Qualifier Lowestoft 2018
The 2nd autumn laser qualifier was held at Lowestoft and the weekend started with big waves and some big breeze! It was a tough day with tide having a big effect on the racing. My results were 16th, 14th and 15th. Day 2 began with very light winds and there was tide running down the course which made for a very long beat. The wind built later in the day and we had a good 5th race. My results were (20th) and 11th. This mean I finished in 16th overall.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 26th September 2018
Laser Qualifer South Shields 2018
The first autumn qualifier of the season was held at South Shields last weekend. Day 1 was around 18 knots of wind and quite shifty with some big gusts too. This made for some very interesting racing and I scored 14th (16th) and 15th. Day 2 was pretty similar with even bigger shifts and varying wind strength. I had a better day and I scored 9th, 15th and 11th putting me 14th overall out of a very strong field. Overall, I am happy with my first national in the laser standard and Iím hoping to improve on this result for the next 2 qualifiers.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 25th August 2018
2018 Laser Radial Youth Worlds Kiel Germany
This year, the Laser Radial Youth Worlds were held in Kiel, Germany. It was a great event overall although I had some highs and lows. Day 1 was around 16 knots of wind and I was in the green fleet. I managed to score 33rd and 10th which I was happy about. Day 2, unfortunately, was very light winds and racing was postponed for a while but when we finally raced, I scored 58th and 48th which I was very disappointed with. The next day was also disappointing and I scored 53rd and 42nd in the light winds. This meant that I had only qualified for bronze fleet out of the four 67/68 boat fleets. The final series, although tough, went much better for me as we had more wind for the next two days. I scored 22nd, 18th, 6th and 28th. On the last day, one light wind race was started which I was winning at the second windward mark before it was abandoned and we were sent in as a storm came through. I finished the week in 13th in bronze fleet and 148th out of 269 overall. It was a shame to finish off my Laser Radial career like this but now I am getting ready for the UK autumn qualifiers in the Laser Standard.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 28th July 2018
Laser Nationals Plymouth 2018 blog post
For me, the Laser Nationals were very challenging and I felt like I struggled all week. Nevertheless, I tried to make sense of each day and learn from them all. There were light to medium winds all week consistenly from the same direction which meant that racing was very similar and frustrating at times. Day 2 was abandoned due to a lack of wind but, apart from this, we sailed every day. I finished 34th overall in the Radial fleet and only scored an 18th as my best result for the week. This was obviously very disappointing for me. Iím now looking forwards to the Radial Youth Worlds in Kiel, Germany.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 30th June 2018
Lymington Laser Youth Open 2018 30th June/1st July
The Lymington Youth Laser Open was held this weekend in lots of sun but unfortunately not much wind. Day 1 consisted of only 2 races which I found very challenging as there was so much tide. I scored a 12th and 15th in these which was disappointing. A 3rd race was attempted which was going well for me but the wind soon died and it was abandoned. Day 2 was better for me and it started with a bit more wind. I was able to win the only race of the day and I was eventually able to get my strategy right. However, the day was soon abandoned afterwards due to not enough wind. This put me in 7th overall. Not the best weekend for me but it has given me plenty to do.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 31st May 2018
Laser Radial Youth Squad Training 31st May/3rd June blog post
From the 31st May to the 3rd June, I spent the end of my half term training in Weymouth as part of the youth summer squad. The camp was very useful for me as the worlds approach and I learned lots from the coaches and sailing with the others. It was quite a light wind 4 days which was accompanied by lots of towing around in the fog too! Overall, it was a great few days and Iím looking forwards to doing it again this weekend.
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