We would like to update you on what we have been up to this winter. We started our winter training in early December where we found ourselves out in the ocean off of the Miami coast. We had a four boat training squad including Christopher Rast and Trevor Burd, Andrew Mollerus and Ian McDiarmid, also Mitchell Kiss and Ian Barrows. Sailing out in the ocean in the 49er for the first time was a real eye opening experience. The biggest challenge was going downwind without stuffing the bow or even pitch polling. Because the 49er has very little rocker fore and aft in the hull it is very difficult to pop the bow up when going into the back side of a wave. We were really happy with how our first training went in December.
We went back down to Miami in early January, this trip our goal was to get into a racing mode as fast as possible because we had just been informed we were accepted into the Miami World Cup that would be held at the end of the month. Our training in early January was great! We had an eight boat fleet to train with which included three Canadian teams. The next week we went back down to Miami for the Pre-Event which was a mach regatta. There was a huge learning curve for us at our first international event. The tension was high on the starting line of the first race with almost 40 boats from all around the world, it was very light out of the West. We rounded the first windward mark of the first race in first place! We ended up finishing second in the first race! This second place was a huge confidence booster in our first international event!
The World Cup was next, this would be the toughest regatta that either of us had ever done! This event was great for us to do, there was so much to learn about how to sail these boats and because of the help of our coach, Jeremy Wilmot, we could take everything we learned and figure out what we need to work on in the future. Because of what we accomplished and learned this winter we now can make our training at home much more beneficial and skyrocket our progress going into our big events this summer