The third day of racing at the Open Orange Bowl Regatta was abandoned so it all came down to the last day of the regatta. With a forecast calling for 16-18 knots from the North, I knew it was gonna be a tough day, but since I had the regatta decently in hand, I also wanted to concentrate on my straight line boat speed. Though my performance wasn't great, I did enough to hold on and win the regatta.
My big takeaway from the regatta is that I really need to focus on upwind boat speed, especially in breeze. Downwind I almost always managed to gain a ton or extend on people, but upwind I would often allow boats to take chunks out of my lead, or like on the last day, have competitors extend for me.
Though I'm happy I quite comfortably won the event, I know there is a lot to work on, and want to get my big breeze upwinds to the same level as my downwind sailing. On the positive side, my light air boat speed was a very pleasant surprise, so I want to be sure not to stop working on that as well.
Thankfully, I've already had the opportunity to focus on my upwind skills. Though I took two days off for New Year's, I was out on the water today. For the next week I'm attending a US Sailing Team training camp here in Miami, before I go to a clinic with two time Laser World Champion Nick Thompson. Back to work!