Two-time Olympian Alison Young is looking for improvement after a disappointing World Championship campaign drew to a close in Medemblik, the Netherlands, this weekend.
The 30-year-old, who went in to the six-day event as defending titleholder after clinching a history-making first Laser Radial world crown last year, had been dissatisfied with her early-season results in 2017.
She predicted a tough fight on the waters of the IJsselmeer, but even so was unable to make the impact she’d been hoping for in the 100-boat women’s fleet, finishing 33rd overall at the close of the 10-race series
Her British Sailing Team stablemate Georgina Povall finished the regatta as the top British sailor in 23rd place – her best World Championship finish to date after finishing university and turning full time this summer – while Hannah Snellgrove placed 26th.
The host’s Marit Bouwmeester added a third world title to the Olympic gold she won in Rio a year ago.
“I’m very disappointed with my results here,” reflected Young. “I really failed to perform at this event. It’s been a poor season and this event has been a bit of a wake-up call that I really need to address some big weaknesses and get back on track.
“You can’t keep getting away with not doing that. I need to focus on my programme over the winter and through the rest of the cycle to really nail the weaknesses and step up.”
The Bewdley sailor continued: “The light winds aren’t my favoured conditions but I think there’s more mistakes that I’ve made that aren’t due to the weather conditions.
“In the time [before the Europeans] we can start to move forwards and work on some of those areas.”
Elsewhere, Henry Wetherell narrowly missed out on adding a Finn Junior World Championship medal his u23 European title at the Finn Silver Cup at Balatonfured, Hungary.
Three days of the six-day regatta were lost to no wind, including the final day, leaving the Beaver Sailing Club talent no opportunity to make up the three points to the bronze medal position. He finished fourth overall with teammate Hector Simpson in ninth.
Full results from the Laser Radial World Championships
Results from the Finn Silver Cup
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