Finn Morris, our DHF-supported junior sailor, has given us an update on his latest event, The French Nationals:
This was the biggest and best event of the year so far, with 430 boats competing on a big lake in Carcans, near Bordeaux in Southwestern France. The competitors included teams that had qualified from all over France and top sailors from 10 countries from as far away as Canada and Australia. Our journey to the event was more eventful than planned, with our campervan breaking down on the French motorway and we ended up sharing tents for the week with some Irish friends.
Maybe this affected my first day of racing, which wasn’t as good as I’d hoped for, but I was determined to do better on the second day. I improved my results and I won race 5, which was my first race win at a national championships. Even better, the next day I added to that with another 1st. I was on a roll! It got even better on the fourth and final day when I got another 1st and a 2nd. Despite my bad first day and a capsize in race 11, I managed to finish 72nd, 5th in Silver fleet and I’m looking forward to my next event with great excitement. I start Mersea cadet week in 2 days time, followed by the British Nationals in Pwllheli and then the Irish Nationals in Kinsale.
Thank you so much to the Dylan Howells Foundation for your support without which it would not be possible for me to do these great events,
Great determination, Finn! Keep the results coming – All at DHF.