With limited exposure to Formula Windsurfing through 2012 as my focus had been more on Offshore Rowing, an event early in the season in France highlighted that I would need to put in some focussed training in order be competitive.
I created a set of simple goals to help retain that focus. My primary goal had been to peak for the 2013 Formula Windsurfing Youth and Masters World Championships in Austria. A secondary goal was related to participation in the European Cup Series where the best five results from the qualifying events would be taken forward to provide a final ranking.
From the first race in April through to the final in September, there was a marked difference in overall performance with noticeable improvements made in all conditions. Through the season, I learned a surprising amount about sail design, general equipment tuning and sailing technique highlighting that to be able to focus full time on one particular pursuit provides the benefit of a greater understanding of how all elements of that pursuit fit together through increased familiarity. Many thanks to all those who offered advice and support through the season.
In terms of results against my stated goals, at the Youth and Masters World Championships, I finished just off a podium position in the Masters category in fourth place. I took part in eight of the European Cup Series events with the best five results from those being taken to give me an overall top ten place, finishing eighth overall.
The full results from all the events I competed in can be found from the links on my 2013 Schedule.
I had planned a fairly punishing regime of back to back events that only provided for a very limited amount of time off in between each one. One question I was asked a number of times was where was I actually travelling through Europe? Here follows a map that shows the route taken. Overall, the season saw me clock up 14,868km as I passed through 18 distinct countries.
I am once more back on Guernsey and looking forward to the best that the island can offer through the latter part of this year in the form of stormy conditions.