Regatta Recap: Great experience for ILCA 4s at World Championships in Viana Do Castelo

This year the ILCA 4 World Championships hosted in Viana Do Castelo, Portugal, saw 22 Performance Academy sailors compete. Joined by coaches Charlie Linsell, Ali Young, and James Parker-Mowbray, many were competing on the international stage for the first time.

After spending two and a half weeks at a pre-event, the ILCA 4’s competed against sailors from across the globe, as well as some tricky conditions.

Situated on the west coast of Portugal, Viana Do Castelo is known for Atlantic conditions with traditionally thermal wind in the afternoon ranging from 15-20 knots. However due to sea fog, 3 racing days from the championships were lost.

“I hadn’t been in that thick fog with that number of sailors before,” said Performance Academy Manager James Parker-Mowbray.

Despite some difficult days, overall, the championships proved to be a fantastic few weeks, with 4 of the GBR boys making it through to the gold fleet, and 2 of the GBR girls also hitting the gold fleet.

Congratulations to GBR sailor Leo Yates, who finished 7th on the leader board. The best British boy result in ILCA 4’s since 2005. Another great success came from both Toby Waggett and Jess Powell who found themselves in the top 20 for the u16’s, with Jess finishing 14th, and Toby 15th in what was both their first ever ILCA 4 World Championships.

“For lots of our sailors it was their first regatta internationally, which is a huge learning experience, and they’re going to come out of it with such a rich experience they can build upon moving forward,” Head Coach, Charlie Linsell.

The time in Viana Do Castelo isn’t over just yet, as it is playing host to back-to-back world championships, with Performance Academy now supporting the ILCA 7’s.

As for the ILCA 4’s, they have some time to rest and get back training, before they turn their attention to the upcoming British Nationals in August.

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