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.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 15th April 2018
Laser Qualifier Pwllheli 2018
The final Laser qualifier of the season was held in Pwllheli and it was a tough event. On day 1, the Radial fleet only sailed 1 race and it was disappointing for me, finishing 21st which I later discarded. Sunday was more interesting with about 10 knots of wind all day and we managed to get 3 races in. Unfortunately, there wasn't the 30 knots forecasted so it was another tricky day. I scored a 20th, 11th and 14th putting me 15th overall. It was a bit disappointing in the end but some consistency over the qualifiers of moved me up to 6th in the Radial Youth Ladder. Lots to work on!
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 6th April 2018
RYA Youth Nationals 2018 Largs
30th March - 6th April
The youth nationals this year was held in Largs, Scotland and was a frustrating week with only 3 days sailing. In the Radial boys fleet, racing started on day 3 in about 18 knots and we completed 2 races. I scored 5 and 8. Going into day 2, I was 6th and was looking to move up the results but changeable conditions meant it was a tricky day and I came out with 8,13,(20) and 2. I held 6th place overnight and in the final day I scored 2 and 2 closing the gap to 5th to just 1 point in a very windy day. It was disappointing to be so close to the top 5 but the conditions over the week had made it very challenging. Congratulations to Jake Bowhay who won the Laser Radial boys fleet in a very close finish. I have learned lots to take forward from the event
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 11th March 2018
Laser Qualifier Stokes Bay 2018
10th/11th March 2018
This weekend was the first Laser spring qualifier at Stokes Bay. There were
3 races on Saturday, each with very varied conditions. The wind started off
quite strong but died down by the afternoon. Overnight, I was 15th overall
and the points were very close.
Sunday was a similar wind strength but from a different direction. After a
few general recalls and black flags, we sailed another 3 races. Overall, I
managed to stay quite consistent. I ended up finishing 13th and learned lots
from the weekend.
Author: Krishan Bhogal | Date: 25th February 2018
Lymington Laser Open February 2018
This weekend, I was racing at the Lymington Laser Open in a Laser Radial
fleet of 27 boats. This was my first sail in the new boat and, although it
took some time to get used to, it was great. Both days were quite windy but
it was very cold. On Saturday, racing began in around 18 knots of wind and I
scored 8th, 4th and 15th the day putting me 5th overnight. Sunday was up to
around 23 knots and was a similar wind direction for most of the day. I
scored 1st, 6th and 4th meaning I dicscarded my 15th and finished 5th
overall and 3rd male. Overall, it was a good start to the season and a great
weekend in the new boat.
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