Taipa delivered for conditions on the final day of racing with a mix of conditions yet again, but I much fairer race course compared to the other two days. Going into the day only one point ahead of the nearest competitor in the second position, so I needed to keep them behind, but also I wanted to establish dominance.
My first point to improve on today was to put my mark on the start line, and I did precisely that winning my spot and overall putting myself into the front pack out of the gates. From there I knew that it would hard for anyone to hold me back and that was clear as I was starting to find my grove again. My modes upwind were also not very accurate over the past two days so with some refinements that boat was showing strong form upwind.
I finally broke the back of the poor first race of each day by winning the first race but also achieved my goal of getting to the top mark on the first beat first. Knowing that I was getting the results without doing that, to do it boosted my confidence to know that I was showing that I still had it. In the final race it was quite shifty and was hard to stay inside them all, and I found myself lower in the top 10 but deep in them. I sailed through to leeward of them all on the top reach to in behind the leading boat. In their attempt to match race me I forced a situation, which resulted in a penalty turn for them which allowed me to sail away for the final win of the regatta.
Great time in an unfamiliar sailing location which added to the enjoyment at a well-run event by the team of Taipa Sailing Club and Richard Brown’s team on the water. Time to make the steps behind the scenes for a potential crack at the Nationals Championships in April!