Our goal is to represent Canada at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and achieve Olympic Gold at the 2024 Summer Olympics in the 49er sailing class. Sailing the 49er is an extremely demanding endeavor which requires long hours of training and practice to perfect. The speeds of the boats mean that split seconds can determine the outcome of a race. As the sailors of a 49er, we must be in peak condition both physically and mentally.
For the 2019 sailing season we are moving into our second year of full-time campaigning. After an intensive 2018 training primarily in Europe, we have greatly developed many of our skills to a level at which we can push for some strong upcoming results. 2019 we plan to continue along with a similar path as we believe it will prove successful, but with some minor tweaks to improve some of the pitfalls we have discovered. Our main focus of the year will be managing our roles on the boat and identifying and communicating the proper information for successful racing. There will be a lot of focus on speed, starting, and regatta/race preparation. Working with several world class coaches and international training partners, we are looking to refine our time on and off the water to become more efficient and improving the correct areas, saving our physical and mental capacity for when it counts.
We will be travelling full time to maximize the seasons training, as well as attend 7 significant competitions. Our peak event for the year is the 2019 49er World Championships held in New Zealand where the next Olympic births will be handed out.
Along with training on the water, we will also be training in the gym with specific programs designed by Evan DePaul for each of the athletes. They are tailored to each athletes specific needs in the boat and target goals. Below is the general athletic program the team our team runs during peak sailing times and transitioning between fitness goals or programs.
Along with being a physical commitment, this campaign is also a large financial commitment. We will have to cover costs for boat maintenance, new equipment, coaching and regatta fees, as well as living costs such as for accommodations and food. As this Olympic cycle covers 4 continents, the budget for any team to have a successful campaign is especially high. for 2019 we have estimated