It was pretty cool having the 2008 Radial World Championships here in NZ. It was awesome to have so many great sailors here in town to train with prior to the regatta. Training against all the top female and male sailors like Brad Funk, Michael Leigh and J.Sandall, was a great way to prepare for the Youth Worlds. The Youth Worlds were very fun, with perfect sailing conditions which included great waves and ideal winds. It was a great experience for me to be at the top of a big fleet and learn how to handle leading a major competition. Thanks to the Takapuna Boating Club, NZLA, and all the volunteers for hosting the event and all your hard work. I’d also like to thank Yachting New Zealand and especially Clifton Webb for coaching me during the worlds as I forgot mention him in my speech at prizegiving, Whoops!
Andy Maloney, Laser Radial Male Youth World Champion, with Colin Caldwell.
We were grateful to have the support of Colin and TV3 to help fund the event.