Monday and Tuesday this week Sean and I were competing in the ASB Secondary Schools Sailing Regatta at Wakatere.  I was competing in the Open Bic fleet along with 11 other sailors from different schools throughout Auckland. The regatta was two days, and the wind varied through both days typically starting lighter and increasing as the day went on.

On the first day, I was worried I was going to be a bit distracted.  With it being a schools regatta we, as a school, we were trying to compete at our best as a team. This meant we were also interacting a lot more with our friends helping them out making sure they’re ready to race and keeping the team morale high.

On the first race I had a rough start in the first row, but with the conditions being light and being packed in with everybody else the wind was very shifty, and I was getting lots of dirty air and shadows from the other boats. I stayed in the same position throughout the race and finished 5th. The next I race I finished 3rd and on the last race of the day a 3rd as well.

After the first day I was tied third, but on countback, I was fourth with another student from our college. I was hungry for the podium so bad especially after the last regatta I did and finishing fourth.  I was very disappointed going around and congratulating the other competitors knowing that I was more than capable of a better result.  So certainly was not going to let that happen again!

The next day the conditions were much the same to start with, but I knew it was forecasted to pick up too about 11 knots. I had another bad start on the first race and finished 5th again. Then a 2nd I had a better start and was in clear air I was almost always on the lifted tack which helped a lot rounding the wing mark the fleet was a fair way away from my friend and I around half of the leg. On the last race of the regatta, I had a 3rd I was in the same position as the last race rounding the top mark 2nd, but after rounding the bottom mark to head back to the wing, she tacked out from me and made significant gains on me.

I am thrilled achieving a 3rd and know that sailing out of Wakatere is always hard to do, and I know what I have to do next time. Results for the School team in the Open Bic was 1st and my 3rd.  This weekend Sean and I are competing in another schools regatta in the Bay Of Islands and looking forward to different location and conditions.