Update from Ashley Stoddart: 4th in Hyeres !

Update from Ashley Stoddart: 4th in Hyeres !

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4th at Hyeres world cup and off to Rio test event


Hi Everyone!

It’s fair to say that I had an exceptional regatta by way of results and performance on the water last week at the french ISAFWorld Cup in Hyeres. I achieved my best result yet in sailing; with a 4th overall and my first heat race win of an ISAF World Cup (in gold fleet racing too). This result has qualified myself a position at the Rio test event in August on the Olympic waters of Rio de Janeiro.

We had fairly moderate wind conditions throughout the regatta, however the wind came from a few different directions changing the wave and shift patterns across the week.  Most people around the laser boat park would agree that it was one of the more physically demanding regattas we have had in a while.

A change in a few aspects of my sailing, including my starting and approach to the pre-training and racing in Hyeresmade a difference to my individual race results, and as expected this allowed a consistent scorecard and final result, in comparison to Palma.

Since the regatta I travelled to our “home away from home” in Varese, Italy at the AIS European training centre for some much needed recovery. Before leaving I enjoyed getting back into some training outdoors, around Lake Varese and in the gym.

I’ve now reached the halfway point in my trip, yet there are still 3 more regattas to be sailed. The first two events will be used to fine-tune my preparation for the European championships, which will be held at Split, Croatia in early June. ‘

The first of these events is at Lake Garda, Italy, where I am currently located. Racing starts on Wednesday, and it will be good to keep progressing and practicing what I have learnt so far this season!

Thanks to those who continue to support me, and especially for those who sent me such lovely words of encouragement following Hyeres. I’m so encouraged by your interest in my sailing, and motivated by this glimpse of success that I have had!

Kind wishes,