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SAIL CANADA TRAINING CAMP - OAKCLIFF SAILING CENTER

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SAIL CANADA TRAINING CAMP - OAKCLIFF SAILING CENTER

Earlier this month I was fortunate to have the opportunity to join the Sail Canada Team camp at the Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay, New York. We spent 4 days in close quarters with dorm style living for 40 people. This was an awesome opportunity to be around more senior athletes who are years ahead of me in terms of experience. Getting an up close look at what they are doing day in, day out and their advice was invaluable. One piece that really stuck with me is that you need to put in work at the next level above where you currently are, not where you are now. At this camp we spent 3 days sailing and had a fitness test. I was disappointed with my scores in comparison to my previous tests but did finally break the 7 min mark on the 2k row test. I set a personal best of 6:59 but I know there is still significant room for improvement.

Lots of support from the team! Photo credit: Ken Dool

Lots of support from the team!
Photo credit: Ken Dool

I will be continuing to increase my training load and focusing on my fitness in the lead up to my important winter events in Florida this January. In the meantime I am currently in Clearwater, Florida for a short training camp and then on to St. Petersburg, Florida to compete in the District 13 Laser Championships December 1-2.  

Results for D13’s should be available here once racing starts.



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A FATHER'S DAY THANK YOU TO THE PERSON WHO INSPIRED ME TO SAIL

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A FATHER'S DAY THANK YOU TO THE PERSON WHO INSPIRED ME TO SAIL

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Today is Father's Day and I want to take this opportunity to say thanks to the man who got me into this sport. From the first day I stepped on a keelboat when I was very young to my trip to class youth worlds last year he has been there for every part of the journey as a coach, mentor, and inspiration. I’m super grateful to have him in my life and to be serving as a guide on my path to the top.

Thanks Dad!

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Canadian Olympic Team Campaign for KC297 - Flying Dutchman team Mike Wolfs (l) and Stuart Bruce (r).  Summer 1991

Canadian Olympic Team Campaign for KC297 - Flying Dutchman team Mike Wolfs (l) and Stuart Bruce (r).
Summer 1991

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TRAINING AT INTERNATIONAL SAILING ACADEMY

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TRAINING AT INTERNATIONAL SAILING ACADEMY

I spent the final week of my school holiday break at the International Sailing Academy in La Cruz, Mexico. I learned a lot from this opportunity to sail with a great group of international sailors while getting Olympic level coaching. We spent six days of intense sailing in pristine conditions. The day would typically start with warm-up rabbit-start races followed by long upwinds consisting of lineups. On the upwinds, we focused on setting up the boat to add weight. This helped me to improve my steering through waves and timing of hiking significantly.

We would then sail downwind back to the marina. On the downwinds, we focused on separating our upturns and downturns with a setup turn. This was a repeat of what I worked on the last time I was there last April but I was happy to revisit this crucial skill. I would like to thank Vaughn Harrison for his excellent coaching and all those who joined me for a productive week.

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SPECIAL THANK YOU TO MY COACH - CHRIS HEWSON

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SPECIAL THANK YOU TO MY COACH - CHRIS HEWSON

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In the spirit of National Coaches Week (#CoachWeek) I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my Ontario Sailing coach for these past 3 years - Chris Hewson. He has been extremely influential in this chapter of my sailing career and I can’t thank him enough.

From the time when I was first on the Laser Radial Development Team to now as I leave the Elite Team to transition into the Laser Full Rig he has always been there to chat and help me improve. I have come along way in this time and Chris has been a big part of that.

Thank You Chris!

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