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2019 LAUDERDALE OCR/ US NATIONALS/ CANADIAN PAN AM QUALIFIER

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2019 LAUDERDALE OCR/ US NATIONALS/ CANADIAN PAN AM QUALIFIER

Leeward mark rounding (new sail number 215019) with fellow Canadian and 2016 Canadian Olympian Lee Parkhill (sail number 208869). Photo Credit: Coach Chris Cowan

Leeward mark rounding (new sail number 215019) with fellow Canadian and 2016 Canadian Olympian Lee Parkhill (sail number 208869).
Photo Credit: Coach Chris Cowan

Lauderdale OCR and US nationals was a very competitive event this year in the lead up to Sailing World Cup Miami. Additionally, it was the Canadian qualifier for the Pan-Am Games. This means that the top finishing Canadian would go to Lima, Peru this summer and represent Canada. This brought an added pressure to the event and 15 Canadian sailors.

Photo Credit: David Sloan

Photo Credit: David Sloan

I was proud of my consistency throughout the regatta however every time I was in a good position to finish well I would make a mistake that was easily capitalized on by the strong sailors around me. I finished 26th out of 54 sailors, improving on my 36th place finish from last year and 4th junior (under 21). I think my big takeaways from this regatta have to do with simplifying my decision making when around more experienced sailors. Instead of trying to outsmart them I need to stay with them and trust my own speed and my ability to not to make boat handling mistakes.

Congratulations to Canadian Sailing Team athletes Robert Davis in laser and Sarah Douglas in radial for winning the spots for Pan-Ams this summer.

You can check out the results at the link below.

RESULTS

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2018 LAUDERDALE OLYMPIC CLASS REGATTA / ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIP

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2018 LAUDERDALE OLYMPIC CLASS REGATTA / ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIP

Mark rounding. 
Photo Credit: Boo Carraway / John Porter

The best fleet I’ve sailed against yet in the full rig and challenging conditions both came at Lauderdale Yacht Club OCR/ACCs last weekend. The three days of racing brought difficult conditions.  A shifty offshore breeze on day one meant my position in each race at any given moment changed drastically.  Day two we had a big breeze and swell that continued to build throughout the day.  Day three with a forecast of wind building to 30 plus knots race management elected to send us out early before things became unsailable.  These conditions were exactly what I was expecting.  

Good sized fleet.  (206038) Photo Credit: Ken Dool

Good sized fleet.  (206038)
Photo Credit: Ken Dool

What I wasn't expecting were those challenges to be compounded by a large, fast and more experienced fleet. With the competition level high, it became a game of precision.  You could be within yards of the top guys, but there would be 20 boats between you.  I made a lot of mistakes and didn’t finish quite as I had hoped but my goals for this regatta were mostly process goals. There is a lot I can take away from this event from a learning perspective, and I will apply these to my next time sailing in the lead up to the Laser Midwinter East Championships in Clearwater, FL. I have a long way to go towards achieving my goals at u21 Worlds in Poland, and this is just part of the process. Thanks to all of those who made this event possible from the event organizers and volunteers to my coach and training partners as well as my parents and supporters.

RESULTS - 2018 LOCR/ACC

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2016 LASER DISTRICT 13 CHAMPIONSHIPS

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2016 LASER DISTRICT 13 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Start Line - I'm about 5 boats from the pin end for this one (you can just see the last 3 digits of my sail number 705).
PHOTO CREDIT: B.Carraway

This past December I travelled to Fort Lauderdale to compete in the Laser District 13 championships. Aside from a few chilly days in Nova Scotia this past fall, this was my first true ocean conditions regatta experience ever. I’ve sailed on east coast of Florida before, but never in conditions like this.  It took until the end of the second day for me to get a feel for the waves. I finished in 11th place but I feel I didn’t sail my best. I had finishes of 17, 18, 6, 11, 9, 12, and 6. Again inconsistency hurt me in the standings, but what a good learning experience. I now appreciate how important it is to get lots of training experience prior to important events at the location to fully grasp the local conditions.

2016 LASER DISTRICT 13 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Waves made this leeward mark rounding (mark behind boat 204117 on the left of image) a challenge.
PHOTO CREDIT: B.Carraway

My next event is Laser Midwinter Championships at Clearwater Sailing Center February 23-26 2017. This is a very important event for me as it is the sole qualifier for the 2017 ISAF Youth Worlds.

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