This year the Miami World Cup event was more stacked than I’ve ever seen it. There were 44 of the top 50 ranked laser sailors in attendance with a total of 108 competitors, so I knew competition would be as good as it gets.
The first day forecasted for some big shifty breeze with some storm clouds moving through the course area. Considering I had a few capsizes in the big 30+ knot puffs I finished the day very well with two top ten scores. I was able to depend on my upwind speed to keep me in the top of the fleet.
On Day 2 the wind was a bit lighter and just as shifty, with 3 races scheduled. I continued to finish consistently close to the top. In the second race I rounded the first mark in about 40th but was able to have connect some shifts up the middle of the second upwind to finish the race solidly in 14th. In the final race of the day I sailed well the whole race just inside the top ten only to mess it up, making a stupid error on my jibe toward the finish. I capsized allowing a group of 12 boats to pass me seconds before the finish. It was a frustrating way to finish what should have been a really good day. Unfortunately, I think I carried some of the frustration into the 3rd day scoring two races in the 40s.
Thankfully on Day 4 I was able to refocus put together a really good race to start the day. The breeze was up and I managed to have a great start and sail fast enough to get ahead of the main pack of boats early on, giving me the freedom to sail my own race. I managed a 4th place which is really good for me in such a tough good fleet.
The final day was much lighter breeze and we only managed to sail one race before the wind completely shut off. In that race I rounded the first mark in 10th but missed a huge wind shift on the second upwind only to finish mid fleet.
I finished 28th overall in the regatta and top Canadian so despite some big mistake it was still a decent result. The plan is to improve on that finish for the next one and continue to finish top Canadian at every event. Next up is Laser Mid-Winters East, which is also the Canadian selection for the Pan Am Games this summer. So finishing top Canadian has never been so important.