Having started university last September I decided to take a bit of a step back from Laser sailing in order to broaden my sailing experience. Up until this point it had very much been focused on single handed sailing.
Whilst at university I have been part of the sailing team taking part in the university team racing circuit. This has been great fun as team racing is a very different discipline to the fleet racing I was used to. I also joined a team of 3 other sailors taking part in the Royal London Yatch Club Etchells Youth academy. This involved 4 weekends of training in Cowes before a final weekend of racing where the top teams had the opportunity to be awarded a boat to race for the remainder of the season. This was a great opportunity to learn about sailing a really technical class as well as experience new challenges like managing a team.
Unfortunately, we lost two weekends to bad weather and the trials had to be brought forwards to a reduced day of racing on the final weekend. We had a great day of racing and came away winning the day. As a result of this we have been awarded “Ziggy” to race for the remainder of the season. Unfortunately, Cornavirus has put at stop to the Etchells calender for the time being for we are unsure how this arrangement will play out.
During lockdown I have been keeping sane with lots of cycling, home workouts and catching up with university work. With restrictions on water sports now eased I am grateful for my Laser as it perfect for getting out sailing while remaining socially distant. The majority of summer events have been cancelled however there is still some hope for some smaller Laser events late in the season. As for the Etchells this is much less likely as it involved 3 or 4 people from different households in a very cramped environment.