• Sarah Douglas

Sunny Holland and Delta Lloyd Regatta

I have just returned from the first European training camp and regatta of the season. I was in Medemblik, Holland for just over 2 weeks. Medemblik delivered sunny and relatively warm conditions which is a change from the sideways rain that I have experienced in the past. Overall, it was a successful time in Europe. First, I had 8 days on the water in preparation for the regatta and some venue preparation for the World Championships in August.

After the training camp with a bit of rest, Delta Lloyd Regatta began. Typical Medemblik, every day was different. Different wind directions and challenging breeze. I started off the event well. The first day was a windy offshore and I finished with a 3 and 4. I came off the water a little disappointed as these two races could have been won if I had not made small mistakes. The next day was lighter and similar direction, but brought trickier shifts. Unfortunately, I scored a UFD (over at the start or a false start for the non-sailors reading) which was upsetting for me as I had scored a 4th in that race. The regatta became more challenging as conditions were completely different the next day. This was the first day of Gold fleet. I couldn’t make sense of the wind and there were about 10 mini shifts in a beat. The scores I got in this day dropped me in the standings. Friday presented light conditions again, not my strong suit and I struggled to get a good start and would end up fighting my way back in the race. At Delta Lloyd Regatta they have a “consolation race” where all sailors not in the medal race (Top 10) have to go out for one race. We all call it the "loser" race. The wind was up and I was ready to fight, I rounded the top mark in 1st but a small tactical error in the second beat and incorrect strategy in the final downwind resulted in an 8th place. I finished the regatta in 26th place; top Canadian. Here are resultsThis training and regatta was a good preparation for the World Championships in August. I know exactly what I need to work on and have come up with a plan with my coach on how and when to address them between now and the World Championships. I’ll be back in Toronto for two weeks to rest, reflect and spend time in the gym. I return to Europe in June for the Kiel Week Regatta in Germany.Stay tuned.