It’s been quite a while since my last post, and for sure long overdue! Things seem to get repetitive in the sailing world and I feel like I am just writing about the same stuff. I have managed to branch out a little more into the world of Professional sailing and the adventures have been great.
In the past month, I have been able to do some sailing on a Marstrom 32 “Catamaran”, Melges 20 and recently on a 123 foot ketch at the St. Barths Bucket.
Racing on the Marstrom 32 with team Bronco was and always has been a great time sailing with good friends, and posting some good results. I was calling tactics for one of the Miami winter series events, where we came away with the win against some other top teams. The boats are fast, powerful and require some quick tactical decision making because of how quickly scenarios can change! When the closing speeds of 2 opposing Catamarans is near 50kts, with tight course racing, you really need to have plan B, C and D in your strategy. Luckily we were fast making it easier and with our team, I could put them in situations knowing they would be able to execute to perfection. They made my calls look good!!
After the Marstrom event, I rolled right into a 10 day Laser training camp in Miami with 2 Canadians, a Trini and a Puerto Rican. It was a solid camp! Just what I needed to stay fresh in the boat. Miami produced some good breeze and made the training enjoyable.
Once the Laser training concluded, I hopped right into a Melges 20 for another one of their Miami Winter Series events. We are still working out some issues on the boat, but it was great fun sailing in a new and extremely competitive fleet. Big names like Terry Hutchinson, Bill Hardesty, Ed Baird and many more are at the top of this fleet.
With one day off after the Melges 20 event I traveled to St. Barths for the Annual Mega Yacht race. Sailing on a 123 foot Catch named Axia was completely different than what I am used to. Sailing in cotton polo shirts and using hydraulic winches is luxury at its finest. We had a great team which made the event so fun and the owners are just the nicest people. When you combine that with a few modification to the yacht, you come away with the class win and almost walk home with the coveted overall Bucket Trophy.
With not much time to spare back in Miami after the St. Barths Bucket, I flew to Palma Majorca to compete in a Laser event. ITs a little cold here, with the water temp in the 50’s but the sun is shining, and life couldn’t be better. This is a qualifier for Hyeres World Cup in 3 weeks. Once again, Palma has attracted a good fleet and the sailing will be tight. Looking to take one of the 7 available spots and just a little higher in the ranking.