James's trip to the RS Tera World Championships & RS Teras at THYC
Anyone visiting THYC last weekend, or even driving along the sea front, surely couldn't help but notice a myriad of little orange sails just off-shore. The RS Tera Northern squad set up their training camp on Saturday & Sunday with 21 sailors taking part. Although the conditions finally beat them into submission by Sunday afternoon, the Clubhouse provided an excellent base for on-shore training & we are assured that everyone enjoyed their visit. For some of the squad it was the first time sailing on coastal waters, the strong conditions did not dim enthusiasm & we hope to welcome everyone back next year. The RS Tera is a one-person dinghy in the RS Sailing range of sailing boats. It is recognised by the International Sailing Federation as an international class, and is a popular boat for beginners and for children to race. THYC's James Armstrong took part in the RS Tera World Championships earlier this year, held in Carnac. Read about his experience below:
This is my write up for the Tera Worlds
On 24th July the week long RS Tera World Championships was held in Carnac, France. I was there sailing in the Sport category with sixty-seven other sailors from around the world, alongside the thirty-seven Pro boats.
Sunday was a busy day starting early with joining the queue for scrutineering which snaked all the way around the Yacht Club Carnac boat park. All checked, it was already time to get changed and head out to sea for a practice racing. After a few laps it was time to head back into shore for the sail parade and opening ceremony.
All the competitors were tasked with decorating their boat to celebrate their home country. There were sheep sailing on fields from Wales, Vikings in long boats from Norway and Sweeden and even the Queen was seen on one boat from Great Britain. After sailing around the harbour we returned to the yacht club for the formal opening. Live traditional local music was played as everyone walked in following their nation's flag. The largest group were from the UK but also there Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Czech Republic and even South Africans.
Monday saw light winds and calm seas as we all sailed out to the racing area. The Pro boats started first, followed by us after 5 minutes. We had a very crowed start line. We managed 3 races that day. My best result was in race 2 where I finished 27th.
Tuesday saw light winds again. We managed 3 races again. As everyone was getting used to the sailing conditions, it made for some close racing.
Wednesday favoured the heavier sails due to strong winds. Some of the less experience sailors decided not to take part in today's racing. My aim this day was to just complete the races without capsizing, which I managed.
Just when we thought Wednesday was windy, Thursday was even stronger. The sailing committee was considering cancelling racing this today, but it went ahead. A few sailors again decided not to sail. The sport fleet only did 2 races and due to multiple capsizing and sailors needing assistance due to the wind, it was decided for safety reasons to cancel the planned 3rd race. I managed to capsize 3 times this day. Unfortunately, as I needed assistance to right my 3rd capsize, i did not finish my 2nd race that day.
Friday was the completely opposite to the previous 2 days and we had no wind. After 2 hours of drafing, the sailing committee cancelled racing and we all had to be towed back to shore by the safety boats. Due to this the day ended on a anti-climax as we already know our results from the previous days sailing and we had no opportunity to try and improve our results.
I finished 37th overall in the sport fleet. I am happy with this result for my first RS Tera world championship, and I hope to build on this result at the UK nationals at Weymouth.