In October I was invited to join the 2016 Canadian Youth Team for a training camp in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As an alternate for the 2016 Youth Worlds Team this was a great opportunity to both train with and race against the team at the RNSYS Fall Youth Regatta. The camp took place across 5 days made up of 3 training days and 2 regatta days. During this time we received great coaching from the likes of Lisa Ross and Ken Dool.
This was my first time going to Nova Scotia and I was surprised by how cold it was. Luckily I brought all of my cold weather sailing gear (including Rooster's Pro AquaFleece Top and SuperTherm LongJohn) and thankfully it kept me nice and warm. During the course of the 5 days the conditions were mostly medium to high winds and shifty as the predominant wind direction is offshore. Having limited experience sailing in tidal locations, it was interesting to see how much the tide comes in and out each day as the launch ramp would become significantly longer. This was a great experience as I'm sure there will be more events in similar conditions on the east coast in the future like Sail Canada Youth Nationals in 2017.
A huge thanks to Agustin Ferrario for organizing the event, charters and billeting, to my host family and all at RNSYS who made us feel so welcome. I look forward to having the opportunity to sail there again soon.