Since we last wrote we have driven 9,000 km North America to Europe, pitch poled in the Mediterranean, been named to the 2014 Canadian National Sailing Team, and are now training Spanish style in Palma de Majorca. It’s as sweet as sounds. This spring training and competition block will take us all the way until the end of April!
|The convoy to Palma!|
So far it has been two weeks of intense 4-hour on the water sessions combined with lots of on shore physical prep and video debriefs with our coach Mark, looking at exactly what we need to work on, how we are improving and what further steps we need to take to keep that momentum going forward. With upwards of 50 boats training daily, and 80 registered for the regatta, crowded practice races are forcing us to fight for the start line. Tough love. During the morning training sessions we have been working one-on-one with our coach on our boat handling, particularly fine tuning our footwork through manoeuvres and working hard on our communication, you would of thought we’d have figured that out after 18 hours on the ferry from England to Spain, but in the boat there’s always room for improvement.
We just completed our second 7-day training block with big breeze on the last three days! No matter how tired we are at the end of the week, making the most of every session comes first. But days like our last “power hour” of 25+ knots made up for the pain. Only a few off days and light training sessions stand between us the event, which starts March 30th.
|Lift-off in Palma!|
We also received some fantastic news last week, due to extra funding becoming available, John and I have been named to the 2014 Canadian National Sailing Team. This provides us with crucial financial support, coaching and the motivation to represent Canada.
For now we’re 110% focused on next week and sailing at the level we know we can, this means constant communication in the boat, correct boat handling and sticking to our game plan on the water! Wish us luck!
For a little extra entertainment, check out this short video from a big crash during one of the breezy days!