Keith Inglis: Sailing
D/O/B: 9th of September 1994
Main Sport: Sailing
I am a sailor from the Lake Taupo Yacht Club and I have been lucky enough to be a part of the scholarship team, Team Taupo for 5 years.
I have sailed all over the world representing New Zealand in the Caribbean, Singapore, Brazil, San Francisco and Australia in the many boats I have sailed since I began in the Taupo Yacht Club Learn to Sail programme eight years ago.
This year I have been doing a mixture of both Laser Radial sailing and Secondary Schools Teams Sailing where I represent my school Taupo Nui A Tia.
I currently have a Laser Radial New Zealand ranking of 4th which is very promising in one of New Zealand’s strongest fleets. This year I have represented New Zealand in the Laser Radial at the Australian Youth Championships and the Australian Laser Nationals. These were both amazing events where I had great placing of 7th youth and then 4th youth. Many of the New Zealand sailors traveled to the Brisbane venue to get a taste of the conditions before the Laser Radial Youth Worlds coming up in July.
For the school teams racing in the 420, we had the Central North Island Teams Sailing Championships in March and it was held at Taupo. After a dramatic loss in the first of three races in the finals against Lindersfarn, Taupo Nui A Tia had a comeback getting the best possible score in the second race and then in a spectacular final race we managed to pull through and get the win right on the finish line by mere centimetres.
Just after Easter, we then went to the 420 Secondary Schools Team Sailing National
Championships where we were placed 5th overall, but 7th on count back. Only the top 6 are allowed to race in finals… Bummer... But, we had an amazing time and learnt heaps about how to be even better for next year.
Thanks for reading my blog.
Since my last email I competed at the world championships in Brisbane !
The competition was not in the best of conditions. The target was 12 races over 6 days but due to very low and shifty winds we only completed 7 in total, just over one a day while we stayed out on the water from 10am until 3 or 4pm.
I struggled in this regatta placing further back than I had wanted. I was aiming for the top 30 and the cut off for gold division was 35, but in the opening days, despite getting a 2nd, I had too many bad races and was placed 45 when the fleet was divided, not allowing me into the top grade. I still kept trying though and in the 2 races of the silver fleet I placed 2nd and then a 10th proving that I still had what it takes. I moved up to 5th in the silver fleet in only 2 races, but due to no wind, these were the only 2 races I had in silver fleet. I finished 13 points off first place in the silver fleet which was worse than I had hoped but not as bad as it could have been.
Thank you so much for all your support over the years.
The final selection for the Radial worlds was slightly disappointing, I did neither really good or really bad, finishing a solid 4th. I had a rocky start to the regatta but managed to pull through at the end helping me to secure the 4th place, almost the same result as the first selection regatta.
This meant that I missed out on the ISAF Youth Worlds as the people I needed to beat to get the spot beat me again. Overall I was ranked 3rd when I needed to be 1st. It was a bit of a shame, however the sailors I was competing with are at the very top level of our sport in the world so I am still happy with a ranking of 3rd.
This should have qualified me for the Laser Radial Worlds in Australia, however, due to some issues by the organising committee the team has not yet been announced. I have been delaying my email as I was hoping to find out before I wrote to all my amazing supporters. Hopefully I will find out sometime in the near future :)
As the Radial season is almost over I have been doing some secondary schools teams sailing with my school, Taupo Nui A Tia. The teams sailing season, in 420s went very well for us as we won the Central North Island Secondary School Championships, which qualified us to race in the gold fleet at Nationals. This was a massive achievement as we never thought 3 years ago we could make gold fleet and we did. At the Nationals we did very well, beating Kerikeri (the previous National Champs) in one race and we were also the only team to beat Tauranga boys in a race. Excellent achievements for both our sailors and our school. After the final round robin we were placed 5th but due to a 3 way tie we were given 7th. Only the top 6 could race finals.... it was a narrow miss but the team was still very happy with our performance.
Thanks to all my supporters.