Going to a couple of international regattas, flying back in economy class and studying for school exams at 4am due to jet lag, has been a character building exercise for Grasshopper 2.0.
Coming off the back of a successful CORK International Regatta placing 2nd Overall in the first week of being in Kingston, Canada, G2.0 launched into the 2015 Laser Radial World Championships in light, tricky and fickle breezes which saw 195 of the best in the world youth sailors compete on the freshwaters of Lake Ontario: 6 days of racing; 11 races' wind that ranged from 0 knots (mostly) to 30 knots (not enough); and, sometimes on the water for 7 1/2 hours straight. It took a lot of physical and mental capacity to stay focused.
After 5 days of racing the final day of racing was cancelled due to the wind conditions on Lake Ontario, and 6th place overall was bagged to everyone's delight. To come away with a top 10 result in a field of the most talented Laser Radial Sailors in the World, all campaigning for the same outcome, was a huge achievement.
In G2.0’s own words:
"The worlds threw everything at us from too little wind to too much wind which made racing extremely hard. With every race, I was forced to fight tooth and nail for every point, to ensure I was able to keep some sort of consistency in my results.
However, at the end of the day, key learning from the experience was when Dear Leader gave me a pre-regatta briefing on what to expect from Kingston, and he said, "make sure you do well in your school exams so in the future you won't have to fly back from regattas in cattle-class."