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Ben Palmer at the Junior Europeans

One of our supported junior sailors, Ben Palmer, wrote to us with the following news from the Junior Europeans:

Our sponsored sailors at the Junior Europeans

‘We have just finished the Junior Europeans and we came 11th out of 85 boats.  La Rochelle is a very interesting venue with tide being a major factor as the race course was next to the islands and deep channels.  It was a really good event.  

The first day was a strong sea breeze around 13 knots and we managed to post 2 really good results: a 7th and a 3rd.  The next day produced a lighter sea breeze, we had a bad start in the first race but we were able to work up to 15th.  The second race we had a good start and were looking good until the knot on the trapeze adjustment went through the cleat sending us to the back of the fleet.  We managed to work it up to a 17th which we were happy with.

The last day of qualifying also gave a sea breeze of around 10 knots, the starts were hard and we managed to post a 7th and a 15th.  This meant we qualified 18th.

Ben Palmer and Konrad Weaver

The first day of gold fleet was a very light wind, it was a ‘metres day’.  You had to have a good start and work around the edges of the fleet to keep clean air and water.  We learnt this on the first race and then managed to get a 9th and a 13th.

Day two of gold fleet also provided a light wind and once again it was a metres day and we got a 13th and a 8th.  Leaving us 11th overall and 6 points off the medal race with 1 race to go. Unfortunately the last day of gold fleet provided no wind and no sailing and we came 11th overall. 

We were happy with this result as we beat a lot of really good junior sailors and we look forward to the Junior Worlds in Qatar at Christmas.

Thank you for your continued support.’

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