After an intense 3 months of winter training out in Europe, I went to Palma to compete against the best in the world at the first World Cup of the year!
I came 4th in Silver and 49th Overall. Although I missed the cut-off for Gold that was my goal, it felt great to be leading many of the races in Silver and gave me confidence to know that with training, I truly am capable of winning races at this level.
Happy New Year 2022!
Thats a wrap on a successful 2021! Some key moments of the year:
Re-selection onto the Olympic Transition Squad and training with the Senior GB Team.
Graduated from University with a 1st and started sailing full-time.
Trained in Marseille at the Paris 2024 sailing venue.
Top 50 at the Europeans in Bulgaria AND at the Worlds in Oman!
TOP 50 at the Senior Europeans in Bulgaria!
It was a tough start but I focused on my goal of committing to my tactical decisions and improved throughout the week. In the end I ended up with my first top 50 result and 40 places higher than my 2020 finish!
My first Senior Worlds in Oman and TOP 50 in the World!
Happy with how the week turned out as my first world championships. Although I had hoped for more as it was light winds (my strength), there is still a lot of learning to get comfortable on the start line against the best in the world.
Now finally able to go home for a break over Christmas before seeing what 2022 might hold.
With Palma and Hyeres cancelled and moved to the end of summer, and travel restrictions due to COVID, we were doubtful of getting any racing in the early part of the season. However, the European Olympic Qualifier event in Vilamoura, Portugal on the 17th-24th of April managed to go ahead as planned! As the first competition in a long time and a competitive fleet, with two country slots at the Tokyo Olympics up for grabs, it was a great first event of 2021.
I have spent the last couple months based out of Weymouth training almost every day with the senior girls on the British Sailing Team. I can feel the improvements, especially in the wind, and can't wait to put it into practice at my summer competitions, with the aim of joining them as a senior team member.
I was lucky enough to talk to some upcoming junior sailors as Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club and in the Northern Topper Zone Squad about my journey through the sport, from learning to sail in Toppers to competeing against the best in the world for Great Britain.
With another lockdown looming, I was fortunate enough to get on one of the last flights out of the UK to Malta. There, I spent a month sailing out of the Sailcoach Making You Better training base in Valetta, and getting the hours in on the water in some much warmer weather than back home.
Following the Senior Europeans in Gdansk, Poland I have been invited by the RYA to join the 2020/21 Olympic Transition team. This will give me the opportunity to train in Weymouth alongside the British Sailing Team.