Hi, I'm currently in Weymouth getting some training in before I head off again to Palma in just over a weeks time! Since I last updated you guys I've been to Miami World Cup, Israel for the senior world champs and spent a bit of time in Weymouth.
I went out to Miami with a week to go until the competition to get some warm weather training in and get used to the conditions, however on my trip home from Malaysia I caught a nasty flu/stomach bug and I ended up just trying to get healthy for the competition. The Miami world cup started off with a long day waiting for the wind and eventually we got one race in before the sun set. I had a really good race, rounding the windward mark 4th, I ended up finishing 9th but I was still really happy. After that my races got a bit trickier and I struggled a bit results wise but I learnt some big lessons in preparation for Israel, the World Championships.
When I got back from Miami I had a squad camp in Weymouth and managed to do some fitness training before I flew out to Israel for the Worlds. I had a week before of training in Israel and the weather was SO nice, (i'm very jealous), it was 25 degrees and 15 knots with sun everyday! Of course when the regatta started the weather changed dramatically. On the first day the 60 girls were racing in the afternoon, it was cloudy, a completely different wind direction to what we had before. Also the temperature had dropped from 25 degrees, to a chilly 12 degrees!!!
My first 2 races were really good, I got a 6th and an 11th which I was so happy with, especially after being so disappointed after the 2015 worlds in Oman, I proved to myself that I could compete against the older girls. Day 2 we had 2 more races, these would decide who would be in gold fleet and who would be in silver. My first race of the day was really really bad, so it all came down to the last race of the day. I had an ok start but rounded the top mark about 20th so I needed to catch up on the second lap! Somehow I managed to pull it out the bag and I finished 10th and just made the cut for the gold fleet. I was very happy and relieved that I had finally made the gold fleet at a senior world championships!
The last 3 days of the worlds were very hard but also fun. Eventually I finished 25th Overall and 7th Under 21. I left Israel feeling happy but also I think I could have done better and pushed up the leaderboard a bit in the second half of the week. Anyway it just makes me more determined to train even harder! ;)
Now I've been at home for nearly two weeks and I have a national competition this weekend before heading out to Palma on the 21st for some training the first week and then the Palma regatta the second week.