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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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TRAINING AT INTERNATIONAL SAILING ACADEMY IN MEXICO

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TRAINING AT INTERNATIONAL SAILING ACADEMY IN MEXICO

I recently got the opportunity to spend a week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at the International Sailing Academy. We spent the week working exclusively on downwinds. Each day would consist of a tow up the side of the bay for about 45 minutes followed by 4 hours of champagne sailing downwind as the wind built from 5 to 20 knots. I feel this time spent helped me exponentially in an area of my sailing that I haven’t always felt the most confident about. Attached is a video I made from footage taken during my training down there.

Many thanks to Vaughn and all the staff and coaches at ISA.  I know I'm not the first to say - you provide excellent training in a top notch location for sailing.  I hope to get the opportunity to come back again soon.

 

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