Ben Hutton-Penman at the Endeavour Trophy
Below is a short summary of the Endeavour Trophy by our Team Allen RS Feva sailor Ben Hutton-Penman.
The Endeavour was a very tough event which I found to be a great experience and learning curve. It was practice day on Friday with a series of races taking place. The winds were gusting 30 knots and Lucy and I only suffered one capsize and the practice served to strengthen our resolve and settle our nerves.
The competition took place on Saturday and Sunday with eight long races in testing conditions with winds between 15 and 20 knots and strong tides. The event got off to the worst possible start for Lucy and I with a breakage of a mainsail halyard forcing us to retire on the start line of the first race. As you can imagine I was extremely upset but a temporary repair was done and I refocused to lead off the start in the 2nd race with Ben Sexton (2015-16-17 Champion).
We put together seven very consistent races and were never out of the top 20 with a best result of a 10th to finish 16th overall and top junior. I absolutely loved the whole experience, rose to the challenge, learn’t a huge amount and desperately want to take part next year.
To see a full review of the Endeavour trophy go to – http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/199076/Endeavour-Trophy-2017-overall