Well it’s been quite a while since I last did my blog and to my sponsors RRD-Dave White, Severne, Rockerline Clothing, IFJU Fins and Juiceboardsports I apologise. For anyone who reads my blog it will not go un-noticed that the support team of my parents is paramount to how far I’ve come so it was a shock to say the least to find out that my dad has been diagnosed with Cancer, on the 1st June to be exact, as always that didn’t stop them doing what they do best and they carried on with the arrangements of getting my new van sorted and kitted out so that I could carry on and pursue the life that I have always dreamed of and for that I will be forever grateful. The van looks great and although not quite finished, still got to line the living space, it is brilliant and I can sleep in it and all my kit goes in it, great job dad, not that I expected anything less from you, as always putting others first and especially me and my brother. So since that dreadful news we’ve had Harwich, Clacton-on-sea and Worthing events..
So, Harwich and Slalom event 3 – The forecast looked rubbish on Saturday and so it was…. it was a hot sunny relax kind of day, gave everyone time to catch up and socialise or sort out any kit, it was as always great to listen to everyone and it did give my parents time to tell everyone what was going on. It is amazing how when things are tough the windsurfing community gather together and are really supportive about it all and for that we are all very grateful. So we waited for Sunday to arrive hoping for much better things, and we got it. The wind built nicely through the morning and once I’d seen the safety crew go out and start laying the course I knew we were on. We managed 3 races and although I felt I was doing some really good gybe’s and getting closer to reaching the Gold final I made the odd small error causing me to get a 13th, 13th and 14th leaving me overall 13th in the event, not my best performance I have to admit but I’m not dropping my gybe’s as much anymore which I am more than happy with and I’m certainly feeling great improvements in my overall sailing.
The next stop was Clacton-on-sea, everyone was really looking forward to this event, prize money up for grabs made everyone real keen, I obviously knew that none of it would be coming my way but it was a great event and a lot of effort had been put in by the council, what with the Slalom event going on and then Kite surfing and SUPing all running together at different parts of the beach it was a great event, even a stage with live music was put on which was fantastic. On Saturday we were given some lovely weather not really any good to go windsurfing but still lovely warm sunny weather. With prize money up it was decided to at least try to do something so we tried a fun race which believe me was not fun at all, no wind and mainly pumping around the course was exhausting and not a pleasure in anyway, well done to Ross Williams who glided nicely along coming in first place but then what would you expect from Mr Williams!!! Sunday gave us more but having said that not masses and it came and went giving not brilliant conditions to race in, two races were run and I came 18th overall, not too happy about that I can tell you. I have to say a big thanks to the race crew, mum included, who had to rush back out on the water as the tide took all us sailors out towards the Pier and we all had to be rescued by them, took them a while but they managed to get us all back on shore safely so it just goes to show that they are more than capable of keeping us all safe. Well done to Ross for winning the Pro fleet and to Scotty for first U17 and Youth and 4th Overall, great achievement. Leaving the venue I couldn’t help but think that living near Leeds really doesn’t do anything for windsurfing training when you are wanting to take it seriously, still with only a few days left until I finish college and a job waiting for me at Plas Menai I’m hoping that I may just get some more water time to get me further up the results table.
Worthing, my mum’s favourite place, the rougher the sea the happier she is and as it happened it was rough, really rough. Unfortunately my dad was struggling due to a biopsy having complications and him feeling really poorly, but he insisted on coming especially as I’d missed him when I left straight from a Cup Series event at Bridlington, he was unfortunately in hospital, my mum though with dads insistence had come to the event on her own to see me off. So this was the first time I’d driven my van from Wales to an event and a hell of a seriously long 7hr drive it turned out to be arriving at 12.30am, but true to form there she stood waiting for me, mum. So Saturday arrived and it was blowing 28-32knots game on… This I have to say was my best event so far I managed to complete all 7 races and got into the Gold final everytime bar 2 that I discarded, this was heaven, at last I’d got it right the wind was perfect for me, my gybe’s were just about spot except a couple that I just dropped slightly causing me to lose places. Bob Ingram and Mum on the start boat managed over the weekend to do 2 rounds of 8 in the morning and 2 rounds of 8 in the afternoon and the same again on Sunday, this was Slalom at it’s best, it was fast and windy and bumpy but brilliant. I got a 10th, 7th, 10th, 9th and 9th and at last came 1st Pro Youth Overall. The weekend overall was fantastic and I have to give a mention to Bob and my mum, Bob purely because to sit on that start boat for the weekend when you suffer so badly with sea sickness is brilliant and to my mum who it has to be said did all the flags, all the race numbers on the boards, the start flags, the class flags and everything else that she could to get the races going and to help Bob not have to look down at any point so that he didn’t feel quite as ill, I know she’s my mum but she definitely did good and that’s not just me saying it, she was brill and the event was great. So I at last got the results I was looking for, I still need so much more time on the water to get better but at least I know that it’s there and I can achieve it if I get the chance. A massive thanks to Fanatic/North/K66 for the boom that I received for coming 1st Pro Youth and for yet again putting on a great event. Also a big thanks to the safety crew for everything.
So that’s my big catch up, a Rollercoaster ride I think you’ll agree, I hope that it won’t be long before my personal support crew is back up to full capacity but until then I wish my parents all the very best for any and all up and coming treatments, but one thing is for sure, you’ll more than likely see them both at the up and coming events doing what they do because that’s just what they do and I appreciate them both very much for it… So it’s back to Plas Menai to my Job, which I have to say I love, it’s great working in a National Watersports Centre right by the sea, time to windsurf when’s there is wind and if there isn’t well there is always the pool on site and the gym on site or even the mountain bike trial to go on….
Lastly a massive thank you to my great sponsors, RRD/Severne/IFJU/Rockerline Clothing/Juiceboardsports.