Since my last blog I have made the jump from sailing the Laser Radial (female Olympic class) to sailing the Laser Standard (men’s Olympic class), as I am now too old to compete as a youth in the Radial.
The difference between the two classes is that the men’s class has a much larger sail. This makes it much more physical and has meant I have had to increase my weight from 75kg to 80-83kg which has been one of the main focuses of the winter. This has involved a lot of weight sessions at a great local gym, The Mint Yard, and lots of eating!
As well as this, I have been training alongside the UK Youth Squad to get up to speed as quickly as possible.
In the spring, I competed at the RYA Youth National Championships where I finished 6th out of 12.
One of the biggest challenges I have faced this year has been balancing sailing with completing my A-levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. This has meant sacrificing the amount of time spent on the water compared to previous years in order to study. Hopefully this will result in me being able to accept my place at Bristol University to study Engineering Mathematics. Thankfully now all my exams are behind me I can refocus on sailing and the summer ahead.
Upon finishing my A-levels, I headed to Kiel for the 125th Kieler Woche, where over 1500 sailors were competing in a mix of different classes. I treated this as a warm up event as I had not competed in a long time but it was also a fantastic experience.