(Sent to Class members on 16th October)
Dear Techno Sailors and Supporters,
It’s already the middle of October and it feels like the year is rushing by once again.
I’ll start by congratulating current Techno sailor Finn Hawkins, first on the incredible achievement in gaining selection for the Youth Olympic Games spot for GBR, but then to travel to Buenos Aires and achieve the Bronze medal is truly outstanding!
Congratulations to both him and his amazingly supportive parents – it’s just reward for the effort they’ve all put in over the years.
As a Class, it’s been a super busy year – we’ve completed our first year of running the UK Junior Squad, and introduced the UK Development Squad at the same time. We’ve supported all the UKWA events throughout the year, and supported our sailors in Latvia for the Worlds. We’ve also had a hugely successful summer camp, which was enjoyed by coaches and windsurfers alike. I’m probably missing loads, but I need to keep it as short as I can!
Competitor numbers at events have been extremely encouraging, with Techno consistently far outnumbering the other classes at UKWA events. The National Championships had a huge number of sailors and proved a very testing event in terms of conditions. As always, we thank the UKWA for their continued dedication to putting on these events for the UK Windsurfing community.
For quite a number of us, we’re currently looking forwards to the Europeans in Athens, starting this week It should be a fantastic competition, and while the preparation has been hard work, it’s been worthwhile. The kit left on Saturday morning, reinforcing just how close it is, and thanks go to John and Guy for volunteering their time to drive all the kit to Greece. We have 22 sailors on the list for the event (out of a total current entry of 237), a number of whom are new to Internationals – for them, it should be a great opportunity to improve.
Personally, Athens sadly marks the end of an era for us, with E-J (along with others) moving on to other things, it will literally be her last event on Techno, and it’s put me in a bit of a poignant mood.
I can honestly say I’m going to miss everything about the Techno circuit – from T15 to Zone, through to all the competitions, which never seem to stop. Is it disruptive to ‘normal’ life – of course it is. Would I choose ‘normal’ over ‘Techno’? No chance. It’s been a great few years, and my only genuine disappointment is that we didn’t know about it all sooner!
I currently have no plans to abdicate, so you’re stuck with me for now.
The UK Junior Squad has recently been announced and congratulations to those who have secured a spot. Competition for places was fierce this year, and some very tough decisions had to be made.
We aim to announce plans for this year’s UK Development Squad (UKDS) imminently, aiming to bridge the gap between T15 / Zone and UKJS / International Competition.