Spending the first three weeks of December in Clearwater was another really productive training block for me.
The first week was supposed to be a week off since I didn’t have a coach but a few of us decided to continue going out everyday to refine or skills from the previous weeks. We worked mostly on speed with our small group and did our best to coach ourselves. I ended up sailing for 11 days in row, so I was really logging some good productive hours.
On the weekend I made the trip south to Sarasota to compete in the Laser District 13 Championships. District 13 is the North American Laser district for Florida so the regatta normally just brings in a few of the top local sailors from around the state. This year was unique since there were 5 of us from the Canadian Sailing Team and 4 guys from the Norwegian Sailing Team. We all just used it as a training regatta to get in some good racing practise. The first day was super light wind and flat water, a condition I’ve really been working hard to improve on. So with great starts a was able to stay in front and go fast, I managed to score a 3, 1, 3 in the races and be tied for first overall after the day. The second day was a little bit windier and a lot shiftier making it a bit tougher to sail consistantly. In the four races and a had some ups and downs scoring one OCS and also committing a costly foul. Thankfully I still managed to get some good scores and come out with the win on the regatta. Pictured bellow is the podium from the regatta with Kristen Ruth from Norway in second and Mathias Mollatt from Norway in third.
The following two weeks back in Clearwater I saw a lot of light wind which is really good practise for me. Historically, I’ve had less confidence on the lighter, breeze days, so getting a ton of good light training days is exactly what I needed. I was focusing really hard on straight line upwind boat speed, something that is challenging being a heavier than average laser sailor. So with that I am beginning to be confident to sail well in all conditions.
The last few days before the Norwegian team left we all got together to do some more short course racing. It’s so nice to see such a drastic improvement over a short time from just putting in the hard work. To sum up the entire month in Clearwater, I would say it was some of the most productive training of the year and I’ve never been so focused on getting better. I spent about 100 hours on the water and even more time on fitness and expanding my sailing knowledge.
On Sunday after some time off to enjoy the holidays I’m heading to Trinidad to train with Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic sailor Andrew Lewis. I’m looking forward to getting back to some more hard work.