2019 – Starting off right!
January is usually a busy time of year for us with the Miami Sailing World Cup, the Skiff Midwinters and domestic training camps with the US Sailing Team staff, but this year it was even busier! We took part in two training camps hosted by US Sailing, prepped our new boat for the Midwinters Regatta (the tune-up event for the World Cup) and took part in the week-long Sailing World Cup. It was non-stop training starting on January 2nd.
The main focus for us was on starts and starting in large fleets of 49ers. This has been a skill that we have struggled with for some time now and we finally committed 3+ weeks to working out the kinks. With simple starting repetition drills, good coaching and practice with some of the world’s best sailors we finally are feeling comfortable and confident on the starting line!
We were rewarded with consistent starts throughout both regattas. The quality of our starts improved and so did the rate of execution.
Once we are off with the top group we find ourselves comfortable racing near the front! In both the SWC and Midwinters we tallied top-10 scores in approximately half of our races.
Now the goal is pushing for consistency once we are off in the top group during the race. Avoiding scores in the 30s and 40s will push us up the leaderboard fast and highlight our good starts and boatspeed.
We finished the Midwinters in 11th place and the Miami Sailing World Cup in 19th. Nice progression for us, even with a few tough days mixed in during the events. We are looking forward to continue growing at the Princesa Sofia Regatta in Palma, Spain, April 2-6!