Saturday, August 3, 2013

Laser North American Championships

The Laser North American Championships were held in my hometown of Kingston, Ontario July 25-28.

Kingston did not deliver its typical seabreeze, but rather provided a tricky mix of inconsistent wind which made for very tough racing. I sailed a solid series, but made a few mistakes at key times in the qualifying series which cost me valuable points. I sailed a better final series, winning the last day to take 3rd overall, losing the tie-break with the 2nd place boat. Canada swept the podium and took the top 4 positions in the regatta.

Results can be found here

Article by the Kingston Whig before the event
Article by the Kingston Whig Standard after the event

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Video: Mexico Training Camp

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Delta Lloyd Regatta

This past week I was in Medemblik, Netherlands for the Delta Lloyd Regatta.

Medemblik delivered a mean mix of plenty of wind, rain, and temperatures hovering around the  9 degree mark all week. I sailed a disappointing qualification series, just missing cutoff for gold fleet by 3 points (only 25 of 70 boats sail in the gold fleet in the Eurosaf scoring system). I had a solid second half of the regatta, finishing in the top five in 4 of 7 races, winning the final race to take 28th overall. Full results here.

This event wraps up my European season for the year. I will be training and competing at home for the rest of the summer.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

WesMex Regatta

I competed in the WesMex Regatta held at Vallarta Yacht Club this past weekend to wrap up my three weeks of training in Mexico.

I won the event with a race to spare after a tight battle all weekend with fellow Canadian Sailing Team members Evert McLaughlin (2nd) and Tom Ramshaw (3rd). Results here.

I now have a week at home before heading to Europe for Eurosaf events in Lake Garda, Italy and Medemblik, Netherlands.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Training in Mexico

I am currently in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico training at the International Sailing Academy.

My three-week training block will wrap up with the WesMex regatta this weekend.

Stay tuned for a video of my training block.

Photo credit: © Jen Edney/

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Laser Midwinters East

My winter season wrapped up with the Laser Midwinters East held in Clearwater, Florida.

It was a very challenging four days of racing with light to medium air, chop, and short race courses. I didn't quite do as well as I had hoped, but finished in a solid 5th. Full Results here.

I now have a month at home before another block of training in Mexico.

Video from pre-regatta training:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta

The Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta was held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this past weekend.

We had a big variety of conditions over the three days of racing, finishing off with a "classic" Lauderdale day on Sunday with winds of 15+ knots and big waves. I won both races on Sunday, but Estonia's Karl-Martin Rammo had too big of a lead from the first two days of racing, and I finished 2nd overall. Full results here.

Battling on the final day:

Next up is the Midwinter's East in Clearwater, Florida.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Miami OCR

We had a great week of sailing in Miami with some of the best winds I have ever sailed in at the Miami OCR. I finished 7th overall, meeting my goal of a top 10 finish and securing my spot on the Canadian Sailing Team. Full results here.

I didn't have a great start to the event, sitting in 16th after three days of qualifying races. This event saw a new scoring format where we carried our ranking into the final series as one race, effectively putting a much larger weighting on the final series.

The first day of finals racing saw some tricky conditions where I was a bit inconsistent. In the first race I made a big gain on the first run, only to get stuck in a big hole on the next beat to drop down to 16th. In the next race I was first to the weather mark and had a tight battle with Evert McLaughlin (CAN) and Jesper Stalheim (SWE) to take a race win. In the last race of the day I had a good first beat, but bled boats throughout the race to finish 17.

Video of race 2:

Going in to the final day of racing I was in 12th, only a few points out of the top 10 who would advance to the medal races on Saturday. I knew I had to put in two top 8 results to have a chance at being in the medal races. In the first race I had a great start and played the first beat well to round 2nd and was able to hold on to 3rd at the finish. In the second race of the day and final race of the series I had a terrible start but was able to battle back to the top 15 at the first mark and made gains throughout to cross the line in 6th, moving me up to 5th overall and putting me in the medal races.

The medal races also saw a new format, with the top 10 sailors racing three races as opposed to the usual one race. This was a great learning experience for me, giving me plenty of medal race practice. I had a decent day, posting an 8,5,4 but I was unable to stay ahead of the right guys in the last race and dropped to 7th overall.

It was a great week of sailing for me and I was very happy with meeting my goal of being in the top 10 and securing my spot on the Canadian Sailing Team for next year.

I am in Florida another month training and competing. Next up is the Lauderdale OCR, February 8-10.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Gearing up for Miami OCR

From Canadian Sailing Team website:

"ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami marks the first major event for many Canadian sailors since the big show in Weymouth, the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Sailors with sights set on Rio will be testing the waters of Biscayne Bay from January 28 – February 2nd with medalracing held on the final day..."

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Monday, January 14, 2013

New Technique

Trying out a new technique with fellow Canadian Sailing Team sailor Tom Ramshaw.