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RYA Junior Regional Championships - in their own words part 2
Last time we heard from Theo and Josh, this time it is Cecily and Harrisons turn...
First from Cecily:
Last weekend I went to represent Bartley in the RYA East Zone at Grafham Reservoir along with four other guys from Bartley; Josh, Harrison, Megan and Millie. I took part in the Regatta Course in a topper that my dad and I borrowed from K20 and cleaned up. It raced very well, and although on the first day my results weren’t the best, on the second day, with a stronger breeze I had some good battles with the lead boy and lead girl and I came 2nd girl, and 6th overall for the weekend. Not bad for my first time sailing a Topper!
The facilities at Grafham were very nice, and everyone was helpful and friendly. The coaching was very beneficial, which was proved by my results on the second race. All of the coaching was really helpful because it built on my previous knowledge, and proceeded to make my performance the best it could be. I particularly improved in my race starts. My first regatta was definitely exceedingly important and has incited an aspiration to go again, hopefully in the championship fleet, and to secure a medal if not. It was also really marvellous to have Bartley Sailors together as that helped everyone’s performance as we had support and a really good time together with many laughs over the weekend.
All in all, it was an amazing experience that taught me crucial lessons, and a lovely weekend with really nice people and I had a great time. If the opportunity arises again, I will definitely want to do it all again.
Cecily by her reconditioned Topper!
Cecily leads the race on day 2
And from Harrison:
My build up to the Regional Champions was very busy, every Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening and every Saturday I was out practicing for the regatta. Although I put in lots of hours, my primary goal there was to have fun, learn new things, and do what I love with my friends. We got to the hotel on Friday evening and after an anxious wait for my boat to arrive with Simon, Megan and Millie, it was time for some sleep. As probably mentioned we had a 66 boat fleet in the 4.7s which was an ‘experience’ considering the biggest fleet of lasers I’ve ever sailed in is at Bartley on a Tuesday night. I coped well and it was a chance for me to learn how to put training to practice and learn how to cope in a huge fleet. Overall it was a good weekend, everyone was supportive and was great fun and we all helped to put Bartley on the map for the Juniors- they better watch out next year for our Bartley Team!
Harrison sets off to the start line
The Laser fleet in action
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