This weekend, I was at the Youth European Championship in Versoix, sailing on Lake Geneva. As Swiss champions, our expectations were high, especially since the event was exclusively comprised of Swiss teams. The conditions were pretty good, and I remeber expressing my hopes for strong winds to my crew. We felt confident in such conditions, drawing from our experience in Vilamoura. Luckily, Lac Léman delivered, providing us with winds ranging between 4-22 knots.
However, despite our initial optimism, this weekend didn't unfold as we had anticipated. We made some poor tactical decisions and encountered significant trouble with the jury (see photos😊). Consequently, we had to make penalty turns, resulting in additional points against us. Despite these challenges, we managed to secure the second position, finishing just behind Regatta Club Oberhofen. Throughout the competition we had many intense battles with them, but unfortunately we didn't come out on top.
Overall, the experience was a mix of ups and downs, but it served as a valuable lesson for us. Next week we will come back stronger in Brunnen for the second Act of the Swiss Sailing Super League.
My name is Simon Kaiser and I simply love sailing.