2nd at US Nationals! And more updates from the spring
July 12, 2018
Hello from the West Coast!
In my few hours of down time before the North Americans start, I though I would update this blog, and catch everybody up on my recent exploits. Since I last posted, I've sailed 3 events, had a broken down car, took a bit of time off and trained at the 2018 Sailing world Championships venue, so overall I have been pretty busy .
After Hyeres, I got stuck in the area for a few days because the starter on my car fell apart. Although this was stressful, I managed to make the most of it by spending a lot of time in the gym and on my bike. Eventually, the necessary parts for the car came and I was able to continue on wards to La Rochelle where the 2018 European Championships were held.
The Euros were a tough event, not to mention incredibly cold. Six days racing in 16-20 knots at the choppy and wavy venue that is the Bay of Biscay was hard on the legs and definitely left some bruises but overall a good learning experience. Though I did not perform as well as I’d like, I did manage to improve my starts which has been a goal of mine all season long.
After the Euros, I proceeded onwards to the Netherlands where I had 2 weeks of “fitness camp” with big workouts in the gym and on the bike followed by a week of racing at the Medemblik Regatta. I narrowly missed out on the medal race and finished the event in 14th, a decent result but one that left me wanting more. The event was mostly sailed in shifty and light conditions, and though I showed good speed, I felt that I got extremely unlucky on the third day of the event in terms of choosing sides of the race course on the first beat. Even though I had two very good starts, I still ended up in the pack due to massive shifts, and from there I found it hard to cut through to the front of the fleet. On the bright side, out of 9 races I had 8 good starts so that was something positive that I took away from the event.
After the Medemblik regatta I had a lot of fun for a month, with a great training camp in Aarhus, Denmark and some fun trips with friends for some well deserved R&R. I also managed to spend some time at home which was a nice break from the grind that is running a full time sailing campaign.
Last week I raced the US national Championship in Houston, where I placed 2nd. After winning the event last year, I’m glad I followed it up with a solid performance and although I didn’t win the event, I feel that I raced hard and kept it close throughout the event to have a shot at the title on the last day of the regatta (which ended up being canceled due to a lack of breeze). The conditions in Houston (13-16 knots and chop) were exactly what I need to work on most in my sailing, especially upwind, so it was great to spend a few days racing against some of the best sailors in the US and testing my fitness level against them.
Coming up I have the North American Championships here in Long Beach, California, followed by a long drive home and then the Sailing World Championships in Aarhus! These worlds are the first step of qualifying the US for the olympics so until then I will be training hard and working to improve as much as I can right up until the event starts!