We have a final update and ‘thank you’ message from our sailor Finn Morris. Finn is moving away from our catchment area in order to pursue his ambitions in sailing and we wish him continued success. Good luck Finn!
Since my last report on the 29er Europeans in June, I have competed in the World Championships and the UK Nationals as well as the first our our winter events, GP1. This has been an amazing experience.
The Worlds were in El Balis, just north of Barcelona. Unfortunately there was hardly any wind and lots of choppy waves all week and after our successful Europeans (19th overall and 3rd under 17s), we were disappointed to finish 96th out of 240 boats overall. We knew we could do better, as we had done at the Europeans, and had put a lot into the event. But competing in these conditions was a new experience and will benefit us in future.
Just 2 days later we competed in the National Championships in Torquay. It was another frustrating week of light winds – we always seem to perform better and enjoy sailing in more wind. After a hard week we were satisfied to finish 6th overall.
Finally in mid-September we competed in GP1 in Weymouth. After a better weekend we finished 4th overall. This was a good enough result to qualify for the RYA youth squad. This squad is for the top performers from all the Olympic pathway classes. My crew and I will take part in 6 training weekends over the winter alongside events.
Over the summer my family and I moved away from Surrey to be closer to the sea in Lymington, Hampshire. We would all like to thank the Dylan Howells Foundation for all the incredible support that they have given me over the years. It has made a huge difference to my enjoyment and achievements in sailing. We wish the foundation continued success and a long future in supporting many more talented sports people.