Sara Winther - NZ Nationals Report

Sara Winther – NZ Nationals Report

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I had a good week down in Nelson for the 2014 Laser Nationals. Nelson has really awesome sailing conditions when the seabreeze is in, so the stage was set for some good racing.

First day of the event was crazy, we were postponed a but as it was like 30knots, but finally launched, and waited a bit for the wind to settle in direction, but all the time the wind was dropping! When we finally started it was 6 knots!! So we drifted around and completed 1 race, then the wind completly died, and we couldnt get another race in. I had a 5th, so it was an OK start.
Day 2, the forecast was bad. We arrived and it was smoking. We waiting around all day, but it never moderated, so we were sent home just after 4pm. I knew this meant a lot of catching up for the final 2 days.

Day 3, there is a typical Nelson day forecast. We started just after midday with 4 races scheduled. I had a 3, 2, 1, 2 – and was reallly happy with how i sailed, and how my ankle stood this huge day – though i was a bit dead by the time i got home that night! Nothing a bit of ice and a few drugs couldn’t fix!

Day 4 and the schedule was for 4 races which was going to be a hard ask with no race be allowed to start after 3.30pm. But the race officer pushed through, with slighlty shorted races, and we started the 4th at about 3.27pm! I had a bit on this day keeping the young cults from claming the title but managed a 5,3,1, 4 which was enough to take the win.

Pretty happy with the outcome, wasn’t able to do a lot of training before this event, so to finish it and take the win was awesome! So now its time for more ankle rehab, and to get ready for sail Auckland.

Thanks to everyone for the support!! Stay tuned!