Once again this year we travelled to Kiel for the worlds largest sailing event. A massive two week sailing regatta/city festival, this area of Germany not only is very pretty but also offers some nice on-water conditions in (mostly) flat seas and shifty winds.

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I had a reasonably consistent week with some stand out moments but unfortunately two black flags (disqualifications for starting too eary; ie a false start) put me out of the medals and heading into the medal race I couldn’t move up or down in position.

I won the medal race happy but slightly bitter at not being on the podium and finishing 8th overall. Still I was happy with a great improvement from last year in terms of performance and result. In what has been a difficult year I have been chipping away well and steadily correcting my weaknesses to become what I feel like a much more well rounded sailor.

Next up for me is the Laser Nationals, held in Largs in Scotland, which start tomorrow. I am defending champion so there is certainly expectation to perform in what is looking to be a light and tricky week. Apart from the torrential rain forecast I am looking forward to it!

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