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値l 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値l be looking to improve this result this weekend at Stokes Bay.
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 didn稚 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知 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 I知 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. I知 now looking forwards to the Radial Youth Worlds in Kiel, Germany.
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