Our first competitive international event is now over and what an experience it was. There were a lot of take away's for us this event that we are eager to implement moving forward. Over the month and a half we spent in Miami Fl, we worked heavily on our starting and boat speed with our coach and training partners. It was great to come away from the event with comparable boat speed against the top 49er sailors in the world, as well as confidently win 80% of our starts. These new skills along with our already developed tactics were able to bring us top half results in the first world cup event of the 2020 Olympic quad. Unfortunately, during the event we made some critical boat handling and preparation errors which lead to poor overall results. This was tough for us to swallow as we know our capabilities are much higher than the results reflected. Although the event did not finish the way we expected, we are optimistic moving forward this year. We have proved we have to tools to compete at the highest level of sailing and simply need to consistently put it all together.
Our next competition is our largest goal of our campaign thus far; the 2017 49er Jr Worlds. Hosted in Kingston late June, we have several months of school/fitness then full-time sailing to prepare ourselves. This will be our biggest challenge and proving point yet. We'll be posting through facebook and Instagram so you can follow our lead up to the Jr. Worlds.
Thank you to everyone that made the Sailing World Cup Miami possible for us and stay tuned for our redemption.