Krystal wins Womens Australian Nationals
January 5th, 2012 | 4 Comments »
After a tight battle with Tristan Brown of WA Krystal finishes second overall in the Open Laser Radial and first overall in the Womens.
It was a tough day on the water with another tricky easterly wind on Morton Bay. We had two races in under 10knots. In the first race I started towards the boat and played the shifts up the middle of the course while a group of young New Zealanders all headed out to the left. I rounded the top mark in 6th slowly climbing back to 4th spot.
The next race I had a great start in the middle of the line, playing the shifts perfectly up the middle and protecting left where I could. I rounded the top mark with a comfortable lead and the title in my sights. On the downwind I made a costly mistake of taking the right hand gate while Tristan and Mark Spearman both went for the left. A big left shift plus pressure come through and I just couldnt get back, Tristan did a good job of slam tacking me the whole race. The fourth in this race meant that I was a point behind Tristan & second overall.
It has been a long regatta but definitely a great one for learning how to put a good series together. I am really happy with how I manage my second half of the event into the finals.
Big thankyou to my Team! The VIS Squad, Jeremy O’Connell my training partner, Laura Baldwin my coach & Johnny Rodgers my VIS coach. Oli Tweddell & Michah Shuwalow for their help during the week. Anna Patterson for my accommodation and looking after me all week.
My sponsors Yachting Australia, VIS & Veolia. Also to all my supporters at Sandringham Yacht Club!