First European Experience

Over the month of August, we had our first taste of the European campaign experience. We arrived in Porto Portugal on the 12th and had a solid two weeks of training with our fellow Canadian team and the local Portuguese squad. This lead into the 2017 49er World Championships which lasted six days. Unfortunately, during the training and event there was a consistent thick fog for approximately half of our time there. This limited us to about 50% of our expected training time and only a three day regatta. While the conditions were less than ideal, the change in geography brought many valuable lessons; primarily learning how to sail in swell. With waves reaching up to 3m, the technique involved