Podium joy for Nagel in Dorset
Emily Nagel put Bermuda sailing firmly on the map with an outstanding podium display on her debut at the recent Wetsuit Outlet UK Moth Nationals in Dorset, England.
The Bermudian finished second among the women competitors and 35th in an overall 70-boat fleet boasting America's Cup sailors and Olympians.
“It was a great week of racing with a lot of lessons learnt,” Nagel told The Royal Gazette. “The first day of racing there were a number of disappointing results as I got used to the sheer number of boats on the start line.
“We had 70 boats on the starting line, which was quite a learning curve just dodging that many people while also trying not to crash off the foils!”
The Naval Architect eventually found her groove after making the necessary adjustments to surge up the leaderboard.
“With solid improvements each day I finished the week in 35th overall and second female,” added Nagel, who first started sailing in the foiling dinghy four years ago. “It was an epic week racing some of the best sailors in the UK, learning a lot and identifying what I need to work on before the world championships next summer.”
Nagel achieved her best showing of 24th in the fifth race at the championships, which took place at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy from September 1 to 11.
“Proud to be representing Bermuda and looking forward to lining up with the rest of the Bermuda moth sailors when we're all allowed to travel for racing again,” she said.
Britain's Josie Gliddon topped the women's fleet with compatriot Kay Myerscough finishing third.
Dylan Fletcher, of Britain, was the overall winner with American Bradley Funk taking second and Alex Adams, also of Britain, third to complete the podium.
The UK Nationals were held at the same venue and dates as the 2020 International Moth World Championships, which were cancelled because of Covid-19, and was open to all international sailors able to travel to Britain.
The Organising Committee felt that the chances of being able to hold the Moth World Championships with all countries being able to participate were “slim at best” because of the pandemic.
“The sailors have been great and I can't say enough for the race team, safety team and the organisation here at the Academy,” David Campbell-James, the race officer, told Sailworld.com.
“I'm really pleased. It's been a great week, particularly in the circumstances we've had this year.”