Having wrapped 2 months of training in California, I went back to Rhode Island, where I competed in the J-70 Bacardi Regatta, which was all very new to me. Learned a lot, but didn’t have a great score! I was then asked to sail in the VXone North Americans a boat that I had sailed in Miami for the Bacardi Cup back in March. Its a fun boat, that requires a lot of hiking on the crews end. I was more than happy to do this, because I thought we had a good chance to do well, and it would be some good exercise. The regatta started well and we kept the intensity high throughout the event. On day 2 we were having a very consistent day, about to win the 3rd race of that day, but out spinnaker halyard broke and we only managed to salvage a 3rd in that race. We had to retire for the day, and they went on to have 2 more races. Saturday was cancelled because the wind wasn’t cooperating, and we managed to hold onto 3rd overall. Got on the podium and my skipper and I were extremely proud of that. I am now in Kingston OntarioCanada training with the Canadian Olympic Team. Such a cool place to be. Fresh water, great ppl and a lively city. Gonna put some hard work on the water and in the gym. I am on the home stretch leading up to the Santander ISAF World Championships. Feeling good…… Training partners. Rob Davis, Tom Ramshaw, Andrew Lewis.
The final day of racing saw conditions similar to the 3rd day of the regatta. The marine layer wasn’t burning off quickly making it hard for the breeze to fill in. The points were all very tight and it was going to be a close battle.
Thursday was the start of the Laser North Americans. The breeze came in early and we had some long racing. The first race was 75 minutes, which isn’t normal. We had 3 races that day and it was just a real physical test. I had a 8,6,7 for the racing that day and it put me in 7th overall.
Hi Everyone, I haven’t been updating much because I have been really busy training out here in Long Beach California. This is a great place to be and a very consistent place to sail. I haven been here since the beginning of May training hard, both in the gym and on the boat. This Thursday is the start of the 2014 Laser North American Championships. It will be held at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. It will be great to finally race with a big fleet and see what has paid off in practice and what needs to be refined. I will have updates throughout the regatta. Here is the Yacht Club regatta site, if you want to surf through.. Thank you for your support, Cy http://www.abyc.org/event.cfm?id=1917
Friday was the final day of racing (except for the Medal Race for the top 10 in each class), and the breeze was expected to be in the mid 20′s with an offshore breeze. This direction would make it very shifty and unstable for todays racing. I was feeling good going into the last day, hoping to make up some ground in the standings. My legs weren’t in as much pain as I had imagined they would be, and it made me happy to know that my gym time was paying off.