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2019 LASER MIDWINTERS EAST

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2019 LASER MIDWINTERS EAST

Over Reading Week I continued the longstanding tradition of going down to Clearwater, Florida for the Laser Midwinter East Championships.

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Overall I had a really positive event finishing in 11th place, my best finish ever by a significant margin. I improved on my finish of 24th (24/45) last year; however, the fleet was stronger last year. I had great starts all regatta and had the opportunity to duke it out at the front of the pack on numerous occasions. I had multiple top 5 finishes and feel with some better consistency in game planning and speed I could have moved up the tight leaderboard. I leave this regatta with a great motivation to improve my fitness over the next couple of months in the gym and prepare myself for my next event, the Senior European Championships in May.

In the lead coming into the second windward mark - crossing just behind me on port is Chris Barnard (USA 210780) US Sailing Team member and winner of the regatta.

In the lead coming into the second windward mark - crossing just behind me on port is Chris Barnard (USA 210780) US Sailing Team member and winner of the regatta.

A link to results can be found below, shoutout to my mom for taking some great pics!

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2017 LASER MIDWINTERS EAST REGATTA

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2017 LASER MIDWINTERS EAST REGATTA

In February I competed in my third Laser Midwinter East Championships in Clearwater Beach, Florida. After months of intense training this was a very important peak event for me as it was the qualifier for the 2017 ISAF/World Sailing Youth Worlds. I came up well short of my goal after a number of frustrating days in light wind. I learned a lot about how I react to stressful situations and things not going my way. I will take this event as a learning experience as I look towards my next major multi fleet event at the Laser Radial Youth Worlds in August.

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ONTARIO SAILING MARCH BREAK TRAINING CAMP

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ONTARIO SAILING MARCH BREAK TRAINING CAMP

Just back from Clearwater Sailing Center again where I spent a week training with coaches Chris Hewson, Chris Cowan, the Ontario Sailing Teams (Elite and Development) as well as Aug and the RNSYS team. A great variety of conditions gave us a chance to work at our skills.  All in all a great week working hard and playing hard with this bunch! I may never get the Surf Style jingle out of my head...

LINK HERE FOR PHOTOS

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GREATLY IMPROVED RESULTS AT MIDWINTERS EAST REGATTA 2016

GREATLY IMPROVED RESULTS AT MIDWINTERS EAST REGATTA 2016

This February I had the opportunity to sail at the North American Midwinter East Regatta in Clearwater Florida.  

The Ontario Sailing Team arrived a few days prior to the start of the regatta to train and prep for the local conditions.

With 100 boats in the fleet we sailed 6 races to split the fleet and this year I was pleased to meet my goal of qualifying for the gold fleet (the top half of the fleet).  In the final round the gold fleet sailed 4 more races where I finished up 37th overall (100 boats total), with my best race being an 11th place finish.

Overall a great experience and I am very pleased with my progress over last year's placing of 42/59 in Silver Fleet or 101st (118 boats total).

LASER MIDWINTERS EAST REGATTA 2016 RESULTS