On Friday 28th September we (Amelia M and Inés G) took on the challenge of sailing at Datchet Water in the ISA regatta. It was a force 4-5 wind with stronger gusts, particularly during the morning, sailing a boat we have never raced before, which was an RS feva XL.
Throughout the day there were 4 races which took place on a triangular shaped course. We managed to complete every race, even with spectacular capsizing in the particularly strong gusts during the morning. We improved throughout the day, managing to come 6th in the final race, out of 25 boats.
The set up of the boat was incredibly different to the boat we usually sail (a cadet), with an asymmetric spinnaker, which meant we could go ten times faster than we’re used to!
At the end of the day, after a lot of perseverance, we managed to win the most ‘enthusiastic and polite sailors’ prize. When thanking the race officer and explaining how much we had enjoyed the whole experience we received a hat, water bottle, and bracelet each.
Overall it was a great experience and we look forward to competing again next year.
Our results can be found on their website: https://www.isaschools.org.uk/sports/isa-sport-national-events/national-sailing/