Adriana Penruddocke clinches place in finals at UK Laser Open and National Championships
Adriana Penruddocke rallied from a shaky start to secure her spot in the final race series at the UK Laser Association ILCA 6 Open and National Championships in Hampshire, England.
The 22-year-old posted three top-five finishes on the way to reaching the final two-race series to be held today.
Penruddocke sits thirteenth among the 103-strong ILCA 6 racing fleet heading into the final day of the event.
Daisy Collingridge, of Britain, holds a commanding lead in the standings, followed by compatriots Ben Elvin and Matilda Nicholls, a former Bermuda resident, who has represented the island internationally.
“This past week have been some great conditions,” Penruddocke told The Royal Gazette. “I am really happy with my overall speed as I am one of the fastest, which is nice to see. This week I have focused on two goals of mine, which are starts and tidal awareness, which going into one more day of the event I can proudly say have both made big progress.
“Although I am little disappointed that I started off the week with two not-great results, I have learnt from these and have made the improvement points throughout the week.”
Penruddocke is using the championships being hosted by the Hayling Island Sailing Club primarily to acclimatise to the conditions that she will encounter at upcoming regattas.
“This event I had no pressure going into it as I am using it as a training event to gain better experience in tidal venues ready for the upcoming test event later this year and then the 2023 World Championships,” she added. “They are both in The Hague, which is massively tidal, so it’s great practice.”
Penruddocke went into the regatta on a high having clinched a spot for Bermuda in the ILCA 6 class at the 2023 Pan American Games sailing regatta in Santiago, Chile, next year.