Thursday, February 23, 2012

Midwinters East

I am in Clearwater, Florida for the Laser Midwinters East regatta. Racing runs February 23-26.

Results can be found here.


Thursday, February 23
Today was the first day of racing. We had 12-16 knots from the south with big waves slightly skewed to the wind. In the first race I had a decent start and was in the top 3 coming into the weather mark, but got into some trouble and had to do a double tack and rounded around 8. I passed a few boats throughout to finish 5. In the second race I had a good spot on the line, but did not have good speed after the start. I made some gains, but was not quick on the first run, and was left a bit back. I passed a few boats on the last run to finish 10. In the last race I had a good start, and held my lane nicely out to the left. I rounded the weather mark around 5, and was a few spots up and down throughout the race but finished 5. After 3 races I am in 5th, with more of the same conditions forecast for tomorrow.

Friday, February 24
Today we had very similar conditions to yesterday. In the first race I got nicely punched off the start and rounded the weather mark 5, and held that spot until the finish. In the second race the wind died down to about 6 knots. I had a solid start again, but after a couple of minutes I fell into the boat below and was forced to tack out. It was a big duck on a large portion of the fleet, and I was left pretty far back. I was able to make a few gains throughout to finish 17. For the last race the breeze was back up. I had a good clear start again and rounded the weather mark 4th. I lost a couple of boats on the reach, passed them back on the run, and went on to finish 6. After 6 races, I am still in 5th overall. Tomorrow's forecast is for a strong northerly with big waves.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Clearwater Training

Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 Canadian Sailing Team Announced

The 2012 Canadian Sailing Team has been announced on the new Canadian Sailing Team website .
I have qualified for the 2012 team, and I have moved up one level on the team, based on my performance in 2011.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Training videos from summer 2011

A few videos of training in Kingston summer 2011.