I have just returned home from a successful (and humid) Laser nationals in Brisbane, Queensland. The event was hosted by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, greeted with 30+ degrees each day, summer storms and a range of breezes. The radial fleet had a strong 75 boat fleet which was a great opportunity to get bigger fleet experience as it can be very hard to find in Australia. Although we lost a day due to having no wind we mostly had moderate/building breezes for the regatta. I am very happy to have become The Radial Women's Australian National Champion for 2018 and 2nd Female overall behind Japan's Manami Doi (who recently came 3rd at the Open World Championships). I'm excited to take my learnings not only from the Nationals but the entire year and put in some solid training over the next few months ahead of the European season and look forward to the massive year ahead.
A huge Thank-you to all of my supporters for 2017.
The 2017 Summer circuit is made up of 3 events; Sail Melbourne, Sail Sydney and the Laser Nationals in Brisbane, Queensland. Prior to Sail Melbourne the Australian Sailing Team hosted an all classes camp at Royal Brighton Yacht Club which was very insightful and useful in learning how to manage an Olympic campaign effectively, Unfortunately the actual event 'Sail Melbourne' was blown out only getting in a small 3 race series. However was a great opportunity to train and race the boys in breeze. I finished up 6th overall and 2nd female after the 3 races
Next up we drove back up to Sydney for some training and the 2017 Sail Sydney regatta. Racing in Sydney harbour proved to be challenging with big headlands and tidal influence, as well as having to dodge the Manly ferry. Again we were combined with the invited classes to produce more competitive and close racing, it was a great regatta providing many lessons and varied wind conditions. After having a very poor end to the regatta I finished a disappointing 6th overall and 3rd Female. A massive congratulations to my training partner Marlena Berzins on taking out the regatta.
Now time to go home for Christmas with family and friends before flying out on boxing day for the final hit out of the 2017 summer season!
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I have just recently returned home from a relatively short trip to Denmark and Holland. An eye opening experience results wise, however a fantastic learning opportunity. I travelled to Europe solo but met up with coach Jared West and training squad of Mara Stransky, Elyse Ainsworth, Marlena Berzins and Annie Eastgate when I arrived in Hamburg. First up we drove to Aarhus, Denmark the location of the 2018 World Sailing World Championships to begin familiarising ourselves with the waters and a change of scenery to train in.
It was the coldest conditions I have ever trained in with 8 degree air temperature and sub 10 degree water temperature for the first few days, although it was cold it certainly toughened me up. We had roughly a week of training with all conditions and were joined by Rio 2016 Bronze medalist Anne-marie Rindom amongst others for some practise racing at the end of the week. I really enjoyed Denmark and am excited to go back in August.
Next up we drove to Medemblik, Holland (9 hours in a packed van with the trailer on the back) to compete in our first ever open European event the Delta Lloyd Regatta, because Medemblik is the location of our class worlds this year it was a very hotly contested event in the Laser Radial. It was a great opportunity to line up next to and learn off the top girls in the fleet and observe how professional they are in what they do. The first day of racing brought 15-20 knots and saw me post some very big scores, I quickly learnt that every small mistake is very costly in such close, high level racing. I had subtle improvements on day 2 however with no drops in qualifying the poor scores from day 1 meant that I would be in silver fleet. With over half of the regatta to go I had to re-focus and take the opportunity to learn what I could in the silver fleet as well as sit back and watch the gold fleet starting. A huge congratulations to Manami Doi (JPN) who regularly sails out of Fremantle Sailing Club for her first major regatta win, she is an excellent example of what hard work and dedication leads you to achieve.
I am excited to train as hard as possible over the next month as well as study for University exams before I take off for the big events of the year in July/August.
2016 proved to be a huge year not without it's challenges. At the start of the year I secured a scholarship in the WAIS (WA Institute of Sport) program which was really exciting. With my sights set on winning the World Sailing Youth World Cup spot for Australia I trained hard ahead of the deciding selection regatta in Brisbane. Winning convincingly I turned my attention the the ILCA Youth World Championships in Ireland my first international competition in the Laser Radial. I won! This was very exciting and I'll never forget my team mates hoisting my boat out the water with me on it chanting Aussie Aussie Aussie!
On returning home I began to feel unusually tired and was diagnosed with glandular fever. It was so frustrating as I was unable to train for upcoming major competitions that included Sail Melbourne and my Youth World Cup event in New Zealand. Under the circumstances I was pleased to achieve a place in the medal race and a credible 7th at the Youth World cup.