On the 4th and 5th, I competed at Narrow Neck Beach, Wakatere Boating Club for the 68th Auckland Secondary Schools Fleet Racing Regatta in the Starling. For a schools regatta, there was a reasonable turnout of 25 boats in the fleet which was boosted by sailors jumping in the Starling for the regatta. This was caused by being in different schools to their fellow sailor that they would generally sail within a double-handed class. In general, the regatta brought everything from 180-degree swings in the breeze, light to medium winds with small to short chop. These conditions were made a little bit more difficult using an older sail. However, this meant sail trim was even more crucial but also had to sail smarter as I was not the quickest boat.
I placed two firsts on the first day followed by an 11th, where I slipped up on my baler in the boat on the downwind because I did not tidy it up. Day two was lighter conditions again that built to the ability to hike in the pressure which was great to stretch the legs finally. I sailed well in the first race to finish 2nd and was looking good in the 2nd race until my leech battens begun falling out. Just before the top mark, I realised that one was sticking out and later that race a second worked its way loose which unfortunately impacted, I dropped from first in that race to fourth. However, I was determined to end the regatta the right way with no equipment problems and sail the race. I struggled out of the gates but played the hand and got to the top first to then pass the leader on the final beat to close the regatta out.
Great to represent Wentworth for sailing and help the team out and congratulations to Soren Johnston and Imogen for placing on the podium in the Open Bic.