Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Miami Training

After a long break from sailing after the NQRs in St.Margaret's Bay I am in Miami for a training camp, followed by the Orange Bowl Regatta.
December 16th, 2008
Today was my first day back on the water after the NQRs. I am in Miami training with the Canadian National Team as well as Brad Funk(USA) and Nick Thompson(GBR).
Wind: East, 3-7, patchy
Weather: Partly cloudy, 26 degrees

December 17th, 2008
Today we had more wind, but it was still up and down. I had good pace downwind, but was lacking the punch of the line.
Wind: East-Northeast, 5-12
Weather: Partly cloudy, 27 degrees

December 18th, 2008
Today was similar conditions to yesterday, and we continued to work on drills that created tactical situations, closely simulating segments of a race.
Wind: Northeast, 8-12
Weather: Partly cloudy, 27 degrees

December 19th, 2008
Today the wind was lighter again. I am back up to pace again now and competitive in the drills.
Wind: Northeast, 3-6
Weather: Partly cloudy, 26 degrees

December 20th, 2008
There was no wind today.

December 21st, 2008
Today was the last day of training with the national team group. After waiting onshore for a couple of hours the sea breeze came in and we were able to get in a good session in a building sea breeze. This camp showed me a lot of tactical situations, particularly coming to a finish line or coming to a weather mark.
Wind: Southeast, 3-8
Weather: Sunny, 28 degrees

December 22nd, 2008
Today we had good breeze but no coach on the water. Evert Mclaughlin and I joined up with Kyle Rogachenko, David Hernandez and Andrew Fox (USA) and did some line ups. It was good to get a solid 2 hour session in with good hiking conditions.
Wind: North, 12-15
Weather: Cloudy, 26 degrees

December 23rd, 2008
Today I was sailing with the same group as yesterday. Paul Davis came out and dropped some marks so we could do some boathandling work in the breeze as well as some open upwinds. I had good speed up and downwind, but my boathandling was a bit rough at the start of the day.
Wind: Northeast 15-18
Weather: Cloudy, 25 degrees