The 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships is in the books. After 10 races we finished in 40th out of 80 of the World's best teams. Going into the event, our main focus was to see how much we have improved since last year. Racing against the best 49er sailors in the World in conditions ranging from light and shifty winds to extreme conditions made for one of the most challenging regattas we have ever done. Being able to be consistently near the front of the pack and execute our plans of what we wanted to do on the race course at such a difficult regatta was a huge improvement in our racing. We were able to reach many of our goals, including qualifying for silver fleet and finishing in the top half of the fleet. Overall, we are happy with how we sailed throughout the event and it was great to improve our result from the 2013 World Championships. A huge thank you to KUBRA, CIBC, Air Canada, Toronto Pearson International Airport, The Medcan Clinic, and all of our supporters for helping us reach our goals so far this year! ... See MoreSee Less
Once again we had more breezy conditions today in Santander! Shifty and puffy winds challenged our fleet, making the racing especially tricky. After three consistent races we moved up to 40th out of 80 teams and have closed the gap to the top 10 in silver fleet to 7 points. With only two more races left to go, we'll be going all out tomorrow to close that gap!
Another fresh day in Santander. This photo is of the Austrian team in yesterday's breeze!
After 2 races today we are happy with the way we are sailing. We have been consistently at the front of the pack and have been executing the things we want to do on the race course. Unfortunately, one small mistake at the end of the day hurt us in the second race. After rounding in 7th place we capsized during a gybe. These are the things we constantly work on, but the 49er punishes you for even the smallest hesitation. Overall, it was another great learning experience in windy conditions.
Our goals all summer have been to be top 10 in silver, and we are 15 points out. Time to get to work, sitting 43/80 boats.