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Penruddocke content with championship endeavours

Adriana Penruddocke competing in the ILCA 6 dinghy (File photo)

Adriana Penruddocke endured a tough outing on the final day of the UK Laser Association ILCA 6 Open and National Championships in Hampshire, England, yesterday.

The 22-year-old started the final two-race series in thirteenth but was unable to make further headway in the standings.

She posted her worst finishes of thirteenth and twelfth for the regatta to finish thirteenth in the 103-strong fleet and seventh among the women sailors.

“It was interesting as the day started off with us launching to then quickly coming back ashore due to thunder and lightning and therefore we were delayed for a short while,” Penruddocke told The Royal Gazette. “Once we got back afloat, race one consisted of a strong wind start and first beat and then dropped throughout, and followed by race two in lighter and shifty winds.”

She added: “My plan was similar to the rest of the week where a good start and playing the tidal shift right was the plan.

“This worked for me in the first race but race two I started too high risk and ended up with a bad start. But I was quickly able to find a new lane and, because it was all about shift work in the second race, I was able to make my way back up the fleet.”Daisy Collingridge, of Britain, secured the gold medal, with compatriots Matilda Nicholls and Ben Elvin claiming the silver and bronze.

Nicholls is a former Bermuda resident who represented the island internationally before moving to England.

Earlier in the regatta, Penruddocke posted three top-five finishes, with a best showing of fourth, on the way to reaching the final two-race series comfortably.

“Overall this week has been a great week, with both good learning and results, and I’m happy with that,” she said.

Penruddocke used the championships, hosted by the Hayling Island Sailing Club, primarily to acclimatise to the conditions that she will encounter at a test event later this year and the World Championships, scheduled to be held in The Hague, next year.

She 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, this month.

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Published July 23, 2022 at 7:46 am (Updated July 23, 2022 at 7:46 am)

Penruddocke content with championship endeavours

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