This year I am happy to announce I am joining the West Coast Sailing Team as a sponsored sailor. They have supported my sailing providing me the best sailing equipment on the market when I need it. I am more than excited to be a part of this great team this year. Feel free to ask about any of your sailing equipment needs. Click the link above if you need any sailing equipment; I personally ensure that you will be pleased with your experience!
We woke up obsurdly early to board our 0700 flight. This comes from my father's obsession to be prepared and early. The first flight of two was very uneventful for I slept most of it. We met up with our companions for the rest of our trip from San Diego who met us in Dallas. The next was a shorter flight to our home city for the next week, Clearwater Beach, FL. We drove to the grocery store then our large apartment where I got settled and went for a run. by this time it is 2000 and still a humid eighty degrees outside. I ran the two and a half miles. Then, it was off to dinner at our favorite Greek restaurant. I was in bed closely after at approximately 2200. We woke up and went to the venue where we met our coach, set up the charter boats and let the wind fill. This did not happen until 1300 and we headed out for a sail. The strong gradient turned to a seabreeze. It took me a couple lineups to break in the new boat. Luckily, this was in time to race with the Canadians. Using my newfound confidence and perfected starting line boat handing. I was consistently at the top of the small fleet. We then towed in debriefed headed back to the hotel for active recovery and ate. All in all it was a great start to what is going to be a great event.
In preparation of the big upcoming event, Laser Midwinters East which is part of the qualification for the ISAF Youth Worlds, I practiced with my local coach Nick Kaschak. I went up to the harbor with a little disappointment in my mind because of the lack of wind, but left with a smile on my face. We worked on my mode changing in the light wind which needed much improvement. Although it did not get perfected by the end of practice, it significantly improved. The practice was cut short when the wind died out completely. I am enjoying the progress of peaking for Laser Midwinters East and can not wait for the event to start. Check back soon for more updates.
Thursday, September 1st, was my first day back in the boat after taking three weeks off from all things sailing after an intense Summer of 2016 sailing. This summer ended for me on what I felt was a pretty low note. I had high expectations going into my first US Sailing Youth Championship Regatta - perhaps too high. . .And to be truthful, during the ride home from that last event there were a lot of tears and questions. Those questions may not be answered right away, but they will be analyzed and figured out in due time . The US Sailing Youth Championships was the last regatta of the summer. We had a sense of how hard the event would be going into it, but still with knowing that I still put a lot of pressure on myself to perform. This was ultimately the cause of my disappointment and probably had a lot to do with my poor performance. I will use this lesson in future regattas to know that the more I stay in the moment, the better I will be able to attain my goals. After the event we had a vacation planed to my Aunt and Uncle’s lake house and I knew this would be a good time to spend some much needed time off from sailing. When I came back I reassessed where I was at with sailing. What happened from taking a break did not surprise me or people close to me, and in fact it felt like instinct. I decided I want to become the most fit, fastest, and most prepared Laser Radial sailor at the next US Sailing Youth Champs in Corpus Christie, Texas. I feel like what I have planned out will help me do that. I look forward to communicating my progress to you all with my successes in the the Fall of 2016. I have a full schedule planned and look forward to it.
My summer got off to a quick start with three regattas in a row at the end of May and into June, two before school was let out and one after. The most important of these three was the second, the Pacific Coast Championships and it was held at Cabrillo Beach YC. We sailed in optimal conditions with the wind blowing a steady twelve to fifteen knots both days; definitely a lot of hiking. I finished second and was off to an ideal start for the summer sailing season in my mind. COngrats to Joseph Hou for the win and pushing me hard! This followed my win at the Memorial Day Regatta at Alamitos Bay YC the weekend before!
School had been let out and summer was now in full swing. I helped coach the Optimist class in the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation and hung out with friends to occupy my time before I left my home base in Carpinteria for the rest of the summer. This summer is packed with sailing until mid-August just like last summer.
My first trip was to Boston, MA and Newport, RI this last week. I traveled to Boston with my training partner, Lucas Pierce, where we visited a mutual friend of ours who had just moved to Boston from Santa Barbara and toured the city for two days before heading down to Newport. Mr. Doyle had accepted an appointment as the Dean of the Engineering School at Harvard! Doyles were kind enough to pick us up at Logan Airport and help Lucas and me out with transfer to the training venue. Once in Newport I started my first training block of the summer with the best sailors in the country and the best coaches(Brendan Casey and Rulo Borojovich) in the world, brought together by the US Sailing Olympic Development Program(ODP). We trained in Newport for a week in a racing format with a good mix of conditions; training ended Friday. The racing format allowed me to work on my tactics and starts which was much needed. With that final preparation and the training over the past year I feel I am the best sailor I have been and am ready to conquer the summer with all my might.
I arrived back in Carpinteria late yesterday for a quick turnaround of two days before I head out to the Laser US Nationals in Cleveland, OH at Mentor Harbor YC. Be sure to follow my blog for updates and calendar for my schedule. Many thanks to US Sailing Olympic Development Program and the many people who support the program and KO Sailing for their support.