Race 7 of UK SUP Clubs National Series in Bournemouth was a technical race, not my favourite race discipline. However, if I could take a win in this race I could secure the UK National Championship with 3 races still to go.
The day started with slight wind and by the time of my race it had built to 15 knots and every leg would be side wind. Unfortunately I had to borrow a board for this race and when I tried it I realized I would struggle, it had 300L of volume, which did not match well with my 54kg (118lbs) of body weight.
We had a beach start, 5 laps of a 1.5km course and a beach run between each leg. I got off to a good start but struggled to control the direction of the board in the crosswind, every leg I was bow turning my board to keep my line to the buoy.
I broke away from the girls early but was struggling to catch the boys who started 3 minutes before. I had to have a talk to myself by lap 2 and remind myself that I did not need to race the boys, so told myself not to do anything silly, just paddle, paddle, paddle.
I finished the race over a lap ahead of 2nd place female and thankfully had the win I needed to win the UK National Championship.
Win the Series means I receive an entry to the 11 City Tour in the Netherlands in early September. This race comprises 220km racing over 5 consecutive days. Now it is time to focus all training for this event.