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Laser Radial Youth Europeans, Split, Croatia, 2013

I worked out from the days training before the event that when the wind ams through it was glamour, sun, warm sea, waves and a good 12-15knots of wind, perfect conditions 

The event started with only two of the boys fleets out of the four completing a race, I managed to put in a great result of 13th however after being 5th to the windward mark I learnt the top guys are extremely quick on the run. After this result it put me as first British boat after the first day.

The second day consisted of two races for me and three for the other fleets so after racing all boys would have completed three races. Again I put in a good performance getting another 13th and then a 23rd in the second race. With one more day of qualifying this secured my place in silver fleet out of the four (Gold, Silver, Bronze and Emerald)

The final day of qualifying was not so good getting a poor result in the last race and wasting my discard however I was in Silver fleet, the top half of the whole event and that was certain so I was very happy at this point.

The next day was unfortunately abandoned due to a thunder storm 

The first day of silver fleet was the toughest racing I have ever encountered, sailing with the top 100 Radial boys from Europe is always going to be tricky. On the first day we had two abandoned races where I was lying in good positions, unfortunately the only race completed was my worst result.

The final day and it was glamour conditions, some of the best sailing but the hardest competition, I got a decent 30th in the first race but slipped up in the second due to a poor start.

Overall I finished 90th out of the fleet of 200 boys 

I was in Silver fleet out of the four fleets

12th British boat out of the team of 30 

and was in the top 19th under 17 sailor in the event

I have taken a lot of experience and have learnt a lot from the European circuit, definitely the hardest event I have ever competed in but I am ready to go back next year after a year of training and compete again.

Report by Josh Clarke