We have just wrapped up an awesome camp in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and are looking forward to an exciting summer leading up to the 2022 49er World Championships in September. Ahead we’ll give a recap of what we’ve been up to, and a look at what is around the corner for our team.
We had a great month of training and racing in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. It was a much anticipated opportunity to get on the water with some of the best in our game and the setup could not have been better! The Bay of Palma delivered some terrific conditions and we saw a lot of growth as a team. We got the chance to get into some early racing with the 2022 Mallorca Sailing Center Regatta, followed by another 2 weeks of training leading up to the Princess Sofia regatta. We had a ton of fun launching from the beach every day and competing with so many competitive teams in some great conditions, and we ended our month of training motivated by our progress and anxious for our first major international event as a team.
The first day of the Princess Sofia brought some extreme conditions, with some of the biggest breeze we have seen yet and a tricky chop kicking up in our race area at the mouth of the bay. After getting to the race area and taking stock of the conditions we decided to opt out of the morning races and not risk our regatta and charter equipment on a day we were not ready for. We ended the day without a finish on the board but with our boat in one piece, anxious for another chance to compete. Day 2 brought some prime conditions with a cool northerly coming over the mountains fluctuating in the mid teens, and it felt like a fresh start for our event. It was the last day of qualifying and we were excited to get some good racing under our belt. We made some mistakes early getting off the starting line clean, but overall had a ton of fun mixing it up with the fleet and were able to round out the day putting a good race together with a top 5 finish.
While our first day ultimately limited what we were able to accomplish in our first event, it was a great experience for us and we came away from our block in Palma with some valuable insight for our team. We made some healthy mistakes and had some great moments during racing, encouraged to see our speed and decision making holding up when we found ourselves in the front. More importantly, we walked away with a clear vision of what we need to focus on ahead of the World Championships later this year. Boat handling continues to be a priority for us, as well as focusing on our communications in the boat to improve our consistency with our speed. We also look to spend more time in windy and wavy conditions in our training and get more focused reps in executing our maneuvers off the starting line and turning the corners around the course.
Shortly after returning home we had a quick turnaround for a camp in Puerto Vallarta, which promised some reliable windy and wavy conditions. It was a perfect opportunity for us to continue to improve on our boat handling in challenging conditions, and we left tired and encouraged from the progress made. Looking forward, we are anxious to get back into racing. We are now set up in Newport, RI for our final domestic training block before heading out to compete in the European Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. Conditions have been great and we are excited to continue pushing our boat handling to the next level.
We would like to extend a massive thank you to the Lauderdale Yacht Club community and everyone who made our kick off event so special. We are humbled by the show of support and it was a great feeling to be able to officially launch our 2024 campaign at a place and among a family that has meant so much to us. Your support has given us the opportunity to pursue our dreams at the highest level and we can not thank you enough! This summer we look to put in the work and gain the experience necessary to achieve our goals come the World Championships in September.