Our first World Cup Championship of 2014 wrapped up on January 31 after a very long light winds and marginal sailing conditions. In such light winds the smallest of tactical errors could send you from top ten to bottom ten in one leg of the race. But on the flip side you could also make big gains by making smart decisions, sailing in the puffs and not getting caught up in one on one battles with other boats. Tactical prowess on the course was the name of the game as we only got three out of six races completed in the first two days and no racing whatsoever on the third day. We began with three deep races at the start of the regatta because we had slow accelerations off the line and took big risks trying to get back to the top of the fleet.
After having the third day cancelled by heavy rains we finally got some much needed breeze on day four and had the chance to stretch our legs! The first race we rounded in the top 15 but lost 6 boats on a bad shift downwind and finished in 21. The second race we knew we had to improve our result and led the fleet out to the right hand side of the course and to the wind! We sailed in the top ten all race and with smart decision making made finished in 10th! The third race we kept the momentum going and after winning the boat end of the start we finished in 15th.
This put us in a much better position and we started the fifth day of the race with an 11th and were top Canadian! Unfortunately it was lighter wind than the previous day and two costly tactical decisions in the final two races meant we finished the regatta in 28th overall and as 3rd Canadian entry.
It wasn’t the overall result we were looking for as we wanted to crack the top-20. We realize how much we need to gain race experience (in light and heavy air) and work on our accelerations off the start line. We did solidify our position as one of the top-3 Canadian boats, We are looking forward to three months training and competing as we head to Europe this spring, we need it!
For the month of February we have two and a half weeks of training with a few teams of American and Virgin Island sailors who are down here. We are focused on fitness and strength in preparation for Europe.
After a couple weeks off in Canada we head to Europe for two events and training over March and April. March we will spend in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and April in Heyres, France. We are excited to get some serious training and competition with the big international fleets and to make big strides forward in our tactical decision making and starts! Stay tuned to the blog, our Facebook and our Twitter for more updates through-out all of it!