Back in April after winning the RYA Laser Radial Youth Nationals I was selected as the boys Laser Radial representative for Great Britain at the World Sailing Youth Worlds, in Corpus Christi Texas. After finding this out I was keen to start my preparations as soon as possible, unfortunately I had to take a short break for exams! As soon as they were over it was full steam ahead sailing almost every day combined with lots of time at the gym and on the bike.
Fast forward to July and it was time for the long flight out, from Heathrow to Houston and then onto Corpus Christi with the rest of the GB Team. Stepping outside for the first time the heat and humidity was intense, the air felt incredibly heavy. Thankfully the next few days were planned acclimatisation, so the heat did get slightly more bearable. All the sailors from 66 different nations and coaches were staying in one hotel so there was a really amazing atmosphere.
All the equipment for the event was provided, although I still had to bring my own rope for my boat, so Saturday was spent setting the boat up and going for a quick practice. Next day was the practice race which never gets taken too seriously as it’s considered bad luck to actually finish! This was followed by the opening ceremony which took place in the American Bank Centre which was absolutely gigantic!
Racing began on the Monday with two races planned each day apart from Friday. Corpus delivered perfect sailing conditions with 15-20 knots everyday with waves. As well as the air being hot the sea was around 30ᵒC which made a change from the Solent! The first day brought a shaky start for me as I was disqualified from the first race being over the start line, and had a mid-fleet result in the second. However for the rest of the week my results were very consistent and I managed to climb back to 21st in the fleet of 58 boats. The week ended with the medal ceremony, where some of my team mates picked up gold and silver in their respective classes. Great Britain also finished 4th in the nations trophy rounding out a great week for the team.
All in all there were some real positives from the racing, from where my sailing had improved and couple of things I still need to work on, before my next event the Radial Youth Worlds in Kiel. It was a fantastic experience travelling to a new place, meeting new people from all around the world, to competing with the best youth sailors – something I will never forget.