Day 1- Kiel, Germany
"This year the ILCA U21 Laser World Championships were held in Kiel, Germany. Due to a scheduling conflict with the US Sailing Youth Championships, I arrived to Germany in the morning of the first day of racing and, unfortunately, missed the first race of the event. Kiel was typical European sailing at its finest: cold, windy, and often rainy. I wore out my favorite kit for cold weather sailing: Zhik Microfleece Skiff Suit with Zhik Power Pads II combined with a *Zhik Superwarm top. This worked out great for me, and I stuck with it for the majority of the regatta. Race two of the first day was somewhat of a disappointment, but I managed to get a decent score before heading to my hotel room to crash."
"Day Two began with cloudy skies and light winds. I wore a Zhik Microfleece Skiff Suit and a *Zhik Titanium Top. As the fleet made its way out to the course and began to warm up, the race committee unexpectedly decided to send the fleet ashore in what appeared to be very sailable wind. Several hours later we were sent back out in 18-20 knot westerly and some very physical conditions. I managed a decent day of a 17, 9, starting to find form with the new cut Standard Mark II sail. It is very true that sailing in Europe is often a very different animal. The German conditions were certainly a stark contrast to the Youth Championship in Coronado just a few days before."
"Day Three was flat out windy. With the wind gusting above 20 knots all day long, the race committee was forced to abandon the second race, leaving us one race behind schedule. I managed a come-from-behind 23rd in race five, which was a decent result given the wackiness of the day."
"Day Four was the final day of qualifying and the importance of quality scores was critical. With squalls gusting over 30 knots passing over the racecourse, it was one of the most intense days of sailing I’ve had in a while. I was very glad that I wore my Zhik Superwarm Top keeping me warm through the epic conditions. I had three mediocre races, but moved on to gold fleet easily."
"Finally the final series had arrived, and I was excited for the game change. I knew that the lighter winds would shake up the leader board, and I was ready for something different. I combined the Zhik Microfleece Skiff Suit with Zhik Power Pads II and a Zhik Titanium top. In the first race I scored a sixth which was a solid result and jumped me up the scores. In the second race of the day I scored a 22, which was nothing special."
"After a brutally long event and three major championships back to back to back I was ready to finish off my summer season with a bang. Unfortunately, despite what I believe was more than sailable breeze, the race committee decided to end the regatta onshore after a lengthy postponement."
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