March 22, 2013 in Team Sperry Blog
Well there we go, it appears this winter’s training is over and done with already! It has been an exciting winter for me. Changing class into the mixed multihull Nacra 17 class after the London Olympics has presented a completely new challenge and new skills to learn within sailing. It has been really refreshing being able to jump into a new class in this this first year of the Rio cycle and also to have been sailing with a new partner, Tom Phipps. The partnership has been going really well and we are both looking forward to going racing now.
In the first week of April we will race our first event of the year, first event in the Nacra, first event together and my first big fleet race for a long time! I am slightly apprehensive about going racing. You never really know, especially in the first year, how your winter training has been going. We feel like we have made great progress and are sailing the boats pretty well, but the racing in Palma at the Princess Sofia World Cup Regatta will certainly be the true test! We are expecting around 40 boats and the boats are loads of fun so I am expecting good things from the racing. After the event we will stay in Palma for a week training working on various aspects we pick out from the week before, then we will be headed to Hyeres for our second World Cup of the year. It’s going to be a busy and testing month ahead….can’t wait! Read the rest of this entry →
March 6, 2013 in Team Sperry Blog
Recently I’ve been extremely busy a world away from home living in New Zealand. I’ve been here now for almost 5 months and I’ve settled into my role with the Italian Cup team very well.
New Zealand life has been great; I’ve been living in a city apartment over looking the sky tower and the city’s famous sailing waters. With the little time that I’ve had off, I’ve very much enjoyed the Kiwi way of life partaking in whatever outdoor activity seems best for the day, kite surfing and mountain biking mostly. Read the rest of this entry →
December 17, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog
As I’m writing this, I’m looking out at a beautiful but freezing Weymouth wondering if I can muster the will power to go out sailing.
I’ve just got back from Florida where I enjoyed probably the best days’ of racing I’ve done all year at the Melges 32 Gold Cup event in Fort Lauderdale. The actual event was a bit of an end-of-season ‘fun’ regatta, if there is ever such a thing. I was sailing on a new boat, Warpath, filling in for Morgan Larson, who was off doing the Extreme 40s.
But the sailing was immense; 20 knots onshore every day, enormous waves, 25 degrees, sailing in t-shirts. It was perfect conditions and the downwinds were awesome. Read the rest of this entry →
November 30, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog
As always, time is flying by! The end of 2012 is coming closer and lots has happened the past couple of weeks. I have to say… My life is busier then ever!! My days are filled with lessons, practical exercises (two days ago I caused a small fire in the lab, gym sessions, and lots of fun things of course.
On November 14th I went to the METS tradeshow in Amsterdam. I was there for Sperry Topsider!! Great fun really J J Sperry had one of the best booths at METS and I had a great time being there, signing cards and taking pictures with my medal. Below I’m with Harry-Michel Peeters, the Sperry agent for Belgium and Luxemburg. Read the rest of this entry →
November 7, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog
New England in the Fall is one of beautiful places at that time. The leaves start changing color. Cold Fronts bringing big breezes rip through. And, there is a lot of racing!
Two weekends ago, I had my initiation into keelboat team racing. The Lee Trophy, sailed in Sonars and hosted by Seawanhaka YC, brought together many of the top team racers across several generations. The fact that the racing is done in sonars takes away the advantage of being young (often seen in the V15!). We had to be extremely accurate with our positioning and our time on distance. There are a couple of boat-handling tricks, especially with spinnakers, but I felt the playing field was very even from newbie to veteran. I represented Yale Corinthian YC, with Zachary Leonard (Yale Sailing head coach), and Ben Fields (UK) as the other helms. Crewing for us, we had several generations of Yale sailors and Olympian Debbie Capozzi. For many of the crew, it was also their first time in a Sonar. They did a great job learning the spinnaker handling and getting the hang of the boats. Saturday was a great day of sailing with 10-20 Knots of wind. We got better as the day went on. Unfortunately, Sunday brought rain and no wind. Scores were based on the first round robin. We finished 4th place of 8 teams, but we were only one win away from first place. Read the rest of this entry →