Delta Lloyd Regatta
Before we started the Delta Lloyd Regatta we had a good week of training. Really working on our weaker points throughout the first part of the season. I made some important steps and felt more confident at the end of camp. I like sailing in Medemblik. The sailing spot on the Ijselmeer has given me some wonderful moments in the past.
After a week of recovery and fine-tuning at home, we travelled up to Medemblik the day before the event. I felt ready for the challenges the week would bring me.
Day 1 started with a blast. I was the only boat to call the right shift in the first upwind and I led the race from start to finish. Although I had to fight off the British boat at the end of the race. I misjudged the start in race 2 and had to sail a bit of a comeback race finishing 20th in race 2. This would be the recurring story for the rest of the event.
Day 2 was the complete opposite. We were first held on shore because of a lack of wind. After being sent out and surrounded by mosquitos, the wind started to fill in. I misread the wind completely at the start and got caught at the wrong end of the line with a 40 degree windshift. The race committee didn’t move a mark for the rest of the race so it became a follow the leader like course with little overtaking. Race 2 was better, however yet again it was another comeback race from the back end of the fleet up to 14th. I qualified comfortably for the gold fleet with lots of room to move up the ranks.
The gold fleet racing can be summarised very easily in my case: bad starts, rounding the windward mark at the back of the fleet, sailing forwards and finishing, 16th, 21st, 26th, 14th and 12th. Very frustrating as I had the boat speed but was killing my races because of the way I was starting the race. To top it all off, I got disqualified in the race that I finished 26th for a highly debatable rule 13 infringement, which states that you need to keep clear of other boats when manoeuvring.
In the end, I finished 21st, not exactly the result I was looking for. At least we know what the main focus-point will be for the next event as we go to Kiel in Germany.
Results in the link below: