So the Under-21 Europeans 2016 have finished. Held in Split, in Croatia, it was a great event for me both on and off of the water.

 Just before the start of Race 9 with all the boats jostling for position.

Just before the start of Race 9 with all the boats jostling for position.

I managed to solve many of the problems which had plagued me at the previous week at the worlds and sailed a very consistent series. Of course, as with any sporting event, there were a few ups and downs and the weather did turn unpredictable and funky at times!

 Adjusting controls mid-reach on one of the windier days of the regatta.

Adjusting controls mid-reach on one of the windier days of the regatta.

In the end I finished 8th overall which I am extremely happy about especially considering that I will be back next year hungrier and faster. This is also the first ever international competition I have ever finished inside the top 10 and I believe this shows just how hard I have been working over the last few years.

 Jack Cookson, who narrowly beat me to 7th overall, Clemmie Thompson who did very well in the girls fleet finishing 5th overall and me with my trophy after finishing 8th overall.

Jack Cookson, who narrowly beat me to 7th overall, Clemmie Thompson who did very well in the girls fleet finishing 5th overall and me with my trophy after finishing 8th overall.

And that was it for my summer of competitions! I'm proud at my progress and results but at the same time will miss the travelling and competing. Next up was the journey back home to England!

 Leaving the lovely warmth and sunshine of Croatia....

Leaving the lovely warmth and sunshine of Croatia....

 ....To the cloud and rain of England!

....To the cloud and rain of England!

I also have some very exciting news which I will announce in the next few weeks so watch this space....

Sam