London 2012 - Sills looking to improve by March

Mon, 02 Jan 13:40:00 2012

British windsurfer Sam Sills wasn’t best pleased with his senior ISAF Sailing World Championship debut in Australia but insists that won’t be the case second time around in March.

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The 18-year-old travelled to Fremantle fresh off the back of bronze in his final appearance at the RS:X Youth World Championships in Italy in October.

However Sills, competing at a major senior level event for only the second time, believes some poor decision making cost him dear as he finished 50th out of a 91-strong fleet at the end of December.

But with another World Championships fast approaching in Spain in March, Sills has vowed to make the right choices this time and rank higher up the fleet.

"It was an OK regatta for me. Three of my last four races were awful and every decision I made went wrong," said Skandia Team GBR windsurfer Sills.

"I had kit failure in one race, and I was over the line at the start in another but I didn't really have any aims, I just wanted to come and get the experience.

"It was my first-ever men's World Championships and second ever senior event and it hasn't gone too well but hopefully next time it will be better.

"I think I will get some good land training in over Christmas because the next worlds are only three months away in March.

"So I will just be concentrating on my strength and fitness and trying to improve on that to make some gains before the next competition."

Sills was one of four British windsurfers in Australia with London 2012 representative Nick Dempsey 13th, Elliot Carney 14th and Tom Squires 48th overall.

With the top 46 after five races becoming the gold fleet and bottom 45 the silver fleet, Sills did finish his regatta on a high by winning the final race of the latter.

And Sills insists he has already learnt his lessons and is determined to prove it when he returns to the global stage in three months time.

"It was nice to finish how I did with a win. I consolidated everything I had learnt and put it into the race," he added.

"Because I have finished as a youth I was in Australia to learn and I have taken a lot from it already and I will be back better for it."

Sportsbeat / Eurosport

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