Young Member Trophy Winner

Young Member Trophy Winner 2018

I’d like to thank SCYC for awarding me the Young Members trophy in recognition of my sailing this year. It was a lovely surprise and a great way to finish the season.

I thought I’d give you a bit of a roundup of what I’ve been up to this year & my future plans for next year.

We started off the year in El Balis, Barcelona for the first 29er Eurocup of the season.  It was our first taste of the European fleet.  The quality was very high & the fleet was unforgiving so we were happy to come away with results including an 11th.

It was then onto Largs, Scotland for the Youth Nationals.  There was everything from 2 knots up to 35 knots during racing alongside rain, sleet, hail & snow, making it a very tough week. We were very pleased to come away with first Under 17 girls & a place in the UK Youth Squad.

In the middle of exam season we had Pwllheli Grand Prix. With this being our home event we were keen to put in a good performance which we did; finishing as 2nd girls, 3rd juniors and 9th overall.

After being back in the UK for a couple of events we competed in Kiel Week, Germany.  It was a pleasure to be at the event surrounded by Olympic sailors and Americas Cup sailors such as Nathan Outridge who was just behind us in the boat park.  It was probably my most enjoyable week of the summer with tough racing.  We were very pleased, putting in a 10th & 11th to qualify in a good position in Gold Fleet.  A misunderstanding of the course and a Black Flag left us a little further down than we would have liked to have finished but we used this as a big learning opportunity.

After Kiel we returned to the UK for the Torquay Grand Prix.  Again we had a good event finishing 9th overall, 3rd juniors and 2nd girls.  This was due to regular results in the top 10.

Sadly this year I missed out on Dinghy Week for the first time in my sailing life to attend the Nationals in Hayling Island.  It was a great week of racing in tough Hayling conditions – lots of chop & shifty conditions, however we still managed to come away 5th girls and 15th overall.  Again we were very pleased with this result, keeping our goals in mind.

Then with boats loaded onto two x 24 boat trailers we all rushed out to Helsinki, Finland for the Europeans.

Helsinki proved to an incredibly difficult place to sail.  The race course was tightly stuck between two ferry lanes and rocks.  This resulted in slightly disappointing results which gave us plenty of things to work on over the winter.

Now we look forward to winter training and next season where we will be travelling all around the UK & to Poland for the World Championships, Lake Garda for the Europeans and Pwllheli for the Nationals, along with other European venues including Barcelona & Kiel.

Again I’d like to say thank for the Young Members trophy & give my apologies for not being there.

If you would like to follow our sailing please go to @edwards_bale.sailing on Instagram.  I am always looking for support of any kind, including sponsorship if available.