European Round Up

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We just finished up six intense weeks in Spain, where we competed in two big regattas.

The Trofeo Princess Sofia Regatta took place in Palma March 28-April 2. We raced in a 34 boat fleet over five days, working on our boat handling, and executing our maneuvers effectively around the race course. After a slow start to the event we had some great races to finish the event in 13th overall. Full results can be found here here: http://www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall

After Palma we made the quick trip over to Barcelona, Spain for our European Championships. As we approach the games, we will be trialing who our Olympic games coach will be. For this event, we worked with Canadian Team coach Erik Stibbe. Stibbe helped us approach racing in a different way, focusing on different aspects we might not have worked on. It was great to have a different set of eyes on the race course. We spent the event really focused on our starting and communication, two weaker areas in our program. Our pre event training really translated into racing and we had one of our best starting events to date. We also developed specific communication that now works in a much more positive manner.
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We are tackling our sailing one step at a time towards the games, with lots more work to be done. Europeans was very tight fleet racing, and some major mistakes cost us some expensive points. Although it didn’t show in our overall result, we made massive gains in our sailing progress and are looking forward to really rounding out the rest. We finished the regatta in 22nd overall. See full results here: http://49er.org/2016-european-championship/?event_id=6909

Now its home to Canada for ten days rest and recovery, then back to the UK for training and racing!

We spent the event really focused on our starting and communication. These were two weaker areas in our program. Some pre event training really translated into racing and we had one of our best starting events to date. We also developed specific communication that now works in a much more positive manner. We were happy to see these areas improve, however we were disappointed that it did not translate into the over all results. It was very tight fleet racing, and some major mistakes cost us some expensive points. We finished the regatta in 22nd overall, and are happy to have made some big gains in important areas of our racing. See full results here: http://49er.org/2016-european-championship/?event_id=6909

Now its home to Canada for ten days rest. Then back to the UK for training and racing!

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