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Race Report- Trofeo Princesa Sofia

Mid-March, I flew back to Palma to finally sail my first big event of the year : the Trofeo Princesa Sofia. All the best sailors worldwide were on the entry list. More importantly, this was to be my second big regatta with only senior sailors and for sure it was going to be one of the toughest I had ever sailed.

During the pre-regatta training, we mostly had a nice steady sea breeze… but as ALWAYS, weather conditions became much tougher:  we started the regatta with a wild day with over 35 knots. As the wind was coming from shore, it was very strong and super shifty making it very hard to make decent racing. We ended up staying for over 8 hours on the water just to do 2 races that usually last one hour each. What a tiring way to start the championship!!

The following days were less windy but still more than what I would’ve hoped for! The nice sea breeze basically didn’t show up again so the wind remained stronger and shiftier than usual making the racing very hard for me since I usually catch up on the best sailors with my tactics.

The good thing is that at least I did a few decent starts this time. I even did a race of 8th that got me into the gold fleet. So for the rest of the regatta I was with the 59 top sailors –> I sailed with the hardest fleet I had ever been with. As expected, I really got my ass kicked. The gap between youth sailing and senior sailing is huge. It felt weird going from sailing at the front of the fleet last year (while still in Youth <19) to doing races where I was in the last tier. But I was expecting it so I wasn’t too depressed about it. I know that I need a lot of practice sailing with the senior fleets before I can hope to do better results. In the end I finished 51/117, which isn’t too bad for my very first Trofeo Princesa Sofia. For sure next year I’ll have to do better if I want to qualify for Rio so now… BACK TO WORK!

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Race Report – Cadiz

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In February, I left to Cadiz, Spain, to participate at my first regatta of the year !

It wasn’t the first time in Cadiz for me so I was excited to go back especially since we really had nice sailing conditions the years before. Lucky as I am, I started feeling a bit sick the morning of my departure… Even though I went there a few days early to be able to train, I ended up staying most of the time at home in bed. I felt exhausted which wasn’t ideal right before a five-day regatta. Still being sick, I decided to compete in the regatta anyways.
I was really disappointed because I went to Spain to do this regatta as a training, especially since my last regatta was in October, and in the end I did even fulfill the only personal goal that I had which was to do good starts. Of course I know that my situation over there wasn’t ideal, I didn’t have my own boat unfortunately because the trip was too long so I rented one which turned out to be a really bad boat. At the end of each day, the inside of the boat had 2-3 liters of water that leaked in.. And as if being sick wasn’t enough. Because of the water,  I was also pretty slow, especially at the end of day when the boat had enough time to fill up and the committee was also a bit crazy, making us race in very shifty conditions. I had terrible results and I’m really sad about it. I guess that shit happens to everyone sometimes but I really hope that my next regatta in Palma de Mallorca will go better. Now I’m at home for a few days, first trying to get rid of the flu once and for all and then also studying a bit. Leaving soon to Spain again but this time in Mallorca !! Very Excited

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