Hugh Styles Diary

Team GBR's man in the Tornado looks back at a disappointing Europeans for him and Adam May
Situated on the Algarve coast of Portugal the five day event provided a good variety of conditions for the 67 boat strong fleet. This was the first major regatta of the season the other one being the Tornado Worlds in September in the US. With such a strong fleet racing was going to be tight, but for the first day of racing we were all left waiting. The wind changed direction so often and by so much that the race office eventually had to abandon racing until the following day. So everyone was first and everyone was last! Day two dawned with the wind from the south west and building. Racing began on time with three races scheduled into a 12 knot breeze. Normally one of our favoured conditions we had troubles all day and never got a break or managed to work an opening and unfortunately ended the day in 21st overall. Not the sort of start to the regatta we were looking for. It is always hard when you feel that you have underperformed. We wiped the slate clean in our minds and focussed on the job at hand, steady consistent racing, getting ourselves some solid results in the top ten. Thus day three and a similar wind again from the south west and initially a little stronger. We made a good strong start in the first race and rounded the first mark in the top five, where we stayed till the finish. This gave us a good confidence boost and we went into the next race good and positive. An okay start and an okay first beat and we were in with a shout at the first mark, but this time with a little more to do than in the first race of the day. We made good gains