Cadet Worlds - ASC's Tom Collyer
Days before the first race at the Cadet Worlds, Tom found time to pen a few words of his own.......
Tom Collyer with temporary crew Aaron Chadwick and their Stone Open Meeting trophies
Final Open Meeting before the Cadet World Championships
Over the past week I have been in Waldringfield in Suffolk where a five day event happens every year that is always one of the highlights of the year. As my usual crew, Frankie, was not available for the week, I had to compete with a girl called Eden to whom I was only introduced the day before the event. For the first three days I had results I was not happy with (with the exception of a second) as we were having to get used to sailing with each other. Once this initial struggle was over, I was back in business getting a forth, fifth, second and a sixth. I finished in seventh and won the trophy for highest placed boat not to get a trophy which, considering I was getting used to a new crew, was a respectable result.
At the end of the week, my friend reminded me that her club was having its open meeting the following weekend and convinced me to go. We knew that there wouldn't be very many boats travelling as most people didn’t want to do an open meeting the day after a week long event. Thanks to my lovely parents, I was able to go to the Stone Open with my close friend, Aaron Chadwick who came fourth in the last National Championships as a crew. There were only two other experienced boats and I was excited to have such a fantastic crew for the weekend; it was a bonus that he just happened to be such a good friend. I made the most of having Aaron on board, winning the event, narrowly snatching it from the very person who convinced me to turn up to the event. It was fantastically tight racing with a nail biting finish thanks to us being disqualified from the first race for being over the line at the start making the results closer. In the end, we were drawn on points but Aaron and I won because we had the most first places.
Today, I have begun to prepare for the Nationals and Worlds which I am leaving for on Friday. Tomorrow, I am going to have a boat pampering day to make sure that ‘No Fear’ is fully fit for the two weeks of demanding racing ahead.
If you would like to follow my sailing online, you may want to like ‘GBR Cadet’ on Facebook or go to the UK Cadet class website at http://www.cadetclass.org.uk/2014-worlds .Thanks again for all the support I have received from Aldenham Sailing Club.
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Below - Tom's final practice with his crew Francis at Aldenham. This was the last chance they had to sail together before going to the Nationals on the 8th August. (see previous article)