It’s been a while since my last post, and a lot has happened since then! After a win at US nationals (making me the current US National Champion) and a trip to Aarhus, Denmark for the pre-world championship test event, I returned to North America to race in the annual CORK regatta in Kingston, Ontario. I managed a 6th place in a relatively competitive fleet, which had me feeling pretty good before the upcoming World championships in Split, Croatia and European Championships in Barcelona, Spain. However, these two events did not turn out as planned for me, with relatively poor showings in both.
In analyzing what went wrong, I realized that I came into these events with a lot of training, traveling, and regatta experience but almost no rest, and so an overall fatigue had set in. Knowing this, I also realized that I need to plan this next season in a different manner, with more of a focus on training and proper rest intervals as opposed to constant traveling from venue to venue.
After some much needed rest in October, I drove down to Mexico and began my long training block at the International Sailing Academy near Puerto Vallarta. A strong two months of work in the gym and on the water has led to a noticeable change in my overall fitness and sailing ability, especially in light and medium conditions. The recent Sailing World Cup in Miami proved to me that my speed in light and medium strength winds are competitive on the gold fleet level, however there is a lot of room for improvement in terms of my upwind boat speed in big breeze. Hopefully over the coming few months I am able to improve this weak point as it is a necessary skill to have in order to perform on the world stage. With the wind normally picking up around early February, I believe the sailing conditions down in Mexico will be conducive to achieving this and hopefully I can improve my boat speed in big breeze.
Coming up I have a couple more months in Mexico and a short trip to Clearwater, Florida for the 2018 Laser Midwinters East.