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2019 LASER U21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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2019 LASER U21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Unseasonably warm and wind only first thing in the morning. This race was my 10th finish. PHOTOS:    ILCA Laser Under 21 Worlds Media

Unseasonably warm and wind only first thing in the morning. This race was my 10th finish.
PHOTOS:
ILCA Laser Under 21 Worlds Media

In my experience, the U21 Worlds often come down to the last day. This year in Split, Croatia, they came down to the last day more so than ever with light winds due to unseasonably warm temperatures plaguing the event from day one. After 5 days of the event, the fleets had only completed two races each early in the morning.

Canadians waiting for wind. PHOTOS:    ILCA Laser Under 21 Worlds Media

Canadians waiting for wind.
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ILCA Laser Under 21 Worlds Media

The final day arrived with a cold and rainy breeze from a new direction of southeast. Three races were completed under stormy skies in 15-20 knots of wind. I had strong starts and gave it my all, knowing it all came down to one day. In the three races, I scored notably consistent finishes of 12, 18, and 13. After dropping my 36th from day one, this left me with a 10, 12, 18, and 13 for 53 points and a 20th place finish overall. This is a huge result for me, improving vastly from 67th last year and a fantastic finish to my age group career.

Start line on the final day - you can just see barely me at the pin end for this one (215019) PHOTOS:    ILCA Laser Under 21 Worlds Media

Start line on the final day - you can just see barely me at the pin end for this one (215019)
PHOTOS:
ILCA Laser Under 21 Worlds Media

I’d like to thank everyone who supported me on the road to achieving this result. Special thanks to Chris Cowan my full time laser coach these past few years. Under your guidance I have continued to make consistent progress towards my goals. Thanks also to Greg Lewandowski for your strength and conditioning expertise, and to Chris Hewson for support as event coach.

Of course, I wouldn’t be able to be doing any of this without the great support from donors, my parents, or PCYC, thank you.

For the next little bit, I will be focusing on fitness and finishing up the rest of this semester of university before resuming on water training again in Florida this December in preparation for Miami World Cup in January and my first Men’s Worlds in Melbourne, Australia, in February 2020.

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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!

RESULTS
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2018 LASER U21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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2018 LASER U21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

I have recently returned from a very beneficial trip to Europe for my peak event of the season Laser Under 21 Worlds.

On the start line. (206038 - left side of photo)  Photo credit: Robert Hajduk

On the start line. (206038 - left side of photo)
Photo credit: Robert Hajduk

In the week leading up to the regatta, we trained in steady winds from the north ranging from 8 to 20 knots each day. This changed drastically for the event itself as the first 4 days consisted of shifty offshore conditions from the west. Only on the last 2 days did we see excellent conditions from the north. It was a challenging regatta, and after 6 days and 12 races, I finished 67th out of 133 boats. While not as good an overall result as I wanted, I was pleased to achieve a top 10 finish in the qualifiers, and I happily achieved the first part of my goal by making gold fleet. Once there I learned how small the margin for error was in a trying finals series.

Photo credit: Robert Hajduk

Photo credit: Robert Hajduk

This event was a good experience and a significant first step on a long journey. I look forward to returning to U21 ’s next year to improve on my first worlds in a laser standard.

2018 U21 LASER WORLDS RESULTS
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2017 LASER RADIAL YOUTH WORLDS

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2017 LASER RADIAL YOUTH WORLDS

It’s been a busy past few weeks. Late August I flew back from Amsterdam after competing in the Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Medemblik, the Netherlands. Since completing my application and being approved to represent Canada back in March 2017 this event has been my sole training focus.

Fellow Ontario Sailing Team member Norman Struthers (right) and I proudly representing Canada at the Opening Ceremonies. PHOTO CREDIT: Elle Struthers

Fellow Ontario Sailing Team member Norman Struthers (right) and I proudly representing Canada at the Opening Ceremonies.
PHOTO CREDIT: Elle Struthers

My goal for this event was to make gold fleet and I am happy to report I achieved this goal finishing up 58th out of 273 in the men’s fleet. Some highlights of my regatta include a 6th in the first race and a finish of 2nd in the 5th race. I learned a lot from this event about what I need to do order to finish well in this caliber fleet.

Coming into a busy mark rounding.  (Sail number 206038) PHOTO CREDIT: Thom Touw

Coming into a busy mark rounding.  (Sail number 206038)
PHOTO CREDIT: Thom Touw

I was disappointed with how I sailed in the final series in gold fleet but it serves as a sign that I need to spend more time and get more experience in the top fleets to improve. I look forward to applying the take aways from this experience when I hopefully get chance to take another crack at the worlds next year in Laser Standard at the U21 worlds in Gdynia, Poland.

A great international experience. PHOTO CREDIT: Elle Struthers

A great international experience.
PHOTO CREDIT: Elle Struthers

My thanks to the Struthers family - for your help with organizing our coach boat, on water coaching support, for being great sightseeing, photographers and dinner companions and to Norman for being a great training partner.
Special thanks also to my dad for being on the water every day to coach and support us.  Your experience and perspective are greatly appreciated and I am grateful for the time you are able to spend with me.

2017 LASER RADIAL YOUTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (U19) RESULTS

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