Will Street

  • 2.4mR Open World Championships Poole, UK 6-14 September 2013

    Just one week after Kinsale I was off to the next event, the 2.4mR Open World Championships at Poole. There were 75 entries including both able bodied and Paralympic athletes. The conditions at Poole were likely to be shifty and tight on the restricted waters inside the harbour, not the most favourable for me! Before the start of the first race my boat was holed in a collision, the bow of another other boat came through the side of my hull, into the cockpit and hit my arm. Great work by the Team’s coaches to tape up the hole and I managed to complete the three races that day although my results were not so good. An overnight repair was completed and the fight back started in the morning. I found it difficult to hold my lane at the starts although generally had great speed in the remainder of each race and gained continuously throughout. I was very pleased that when I did get up with the leaders, I was quick! My best race results were 3rd, 10th and 13th and I finished 17th overall. The shifty winds were great conditions for practicing both my up and downwind sailing tactics. I used the lessons learnt in Ireland, plus some other tweaks identified from talking to some top sailors, to improve my upwind speed in the choppy conditions. I also think I have identified why I was not able to hold my lane at the starts and will test my ideas in training and at the Autumn National Rankers.

    I have learnt so much this year and particularly from these two world championships. I believe I am a better sailor now than before the Worlds started. I would really like to do them again, I am sure I would do even better!

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At the age of twelve, I was diagnosed with Freidriechs Ataxia, a degenerative genetic disorder which affects my nerves and muscle co-ordination. I have chosen not to research my condition as I would rather live for today and focus on the life I lead rather than dwell on what might be.

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