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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 didn’t 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 I’m looking forward to a good winter training with them all to get ready for the summer.