I'm very pleased to announce that last week I won a bronze medal at the RYA Youth Nationals 2017, held in Hayling Island near Southampton. 

 On the podium with my teammates Dan Whiteley and Jack Cookson. Photo credits: RYA/Paul Wyeth.

On the podium with my teammates Dan Whiteley and Jack Cookson. Photo credits: RYA/Paul Wyeth.

It was a very tough week with a lot of close racing and although they weren't my favourite conditions I took a lot of things from the week and had a lot of fun at the same time!

 My favourite conditions were on the Wednesday when we had a lovely 10-17 knots with awesome waves.

My favourite conditions were on the Wednesday when we had a lovely 10-17 knots with awesome waves.

A big well done to my brother who won gold convincingly in the Under-19 Laser Radial category, winning by over 28 points!

 My younger brother Ben on his way to winning gold in the Laser Radial fleet. 

My younger brother Ben on his way to winning gold in the Laser Radial fleet. 

 A bad picture of us both! Me with my bronze medal and Ben with his gold medal.

A bad picture of us both! Me with my bronze medal and Ben with his gold medal.

At the beginning of the month I also competed at the Princess Sofia Regatta, held on the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean. After a slow start to my first senior event of the year, I was pleased to sail progressively better everyday after that and finished on a high in Gold fleet, knocking in a 10th and a 11th to finish 40th overall. For my first Princess Sofia regatta ever I am happy with the result and made some good steps forwards in my sailing.

 About to round the windward mark in 2nd place.

About to round the windward mark in 2nd place.

 Brit 1,2,3 at the front! Me, Elliot Hanson and Micky Beckett.

Brit 1,2,3 at the front! Me, Elliot Hanson and Micky Beckett.

I've now got a small break to rest and recover after the very busy last period before getting back into training and attending Delta Lloyd regatta at the end of May. I also have just received my brand new carbon top section so am very excited to go out on the water and test her out!

Thanks,

Sam