Being able to peak in a high performance regatta is every sportsman’s ultimate goal, the ability to fall back on your prior knowledge and training during the racing and not have to worry about making mistakes is where we all strive to be when starting an important event… To be the best in the world. Throughout our (Natasha Bryant & Annie Wilmot) season in Europe we have been working on a few things that we think will work in the long term, quite often this means that we may go backwards a little bit before we can make gains in the future. We are aiming to be at the top, to be the best in the world… but we know that won’t happen tomorrow.
Never before have we raced a regatta with every race ranging between 3 and 6 knots.... Genoa was a huge experience for us as we were tested in our light wind racing skills day after day! Although the results may not show it, we believe we’ve come a long way with our light wind sailing. It was an extremely tough week but a huge learning experience for us and a great training regatta for the Europeans in Weymouth.
Weymouth didn’t disappoint when it came to sailing conditions, we had an amazing variety of wind and sea state that made for an intense week of races. The winners sailed an amazing regatta showing great skills across all conditions, whilst we had some really good days, and some not so great days we didn’t average out the way they did. We know that with time we will reach that standard, and hopefully beyond, until then we will just have to stick to gaining as much experience as possible. We finished off 13th overall, and 2nd Junior team… we have plenty more years to come in that category.
The boat is now packed up and ready to be sent to Japan for our next few competitions in the Olympic venue. We have come out the end of these regattas in Europe a little frustrated but excited because we can see that we have improved immensely in the areas we have been training hard. We now just have to shift our focus slightly over the next couple of months to see how many more gains we can make as we lead into the World Cup in Japan and our World Championships at the end of the year.
Natasha Bryant & Annie Wilmot