29er Midwinters East
The 29er Fleet in the United States hosts two Mid-Winter Regattas, East in Miami and West in Coronado. Scheduling was challenging as they occurred this year on back to back weekends in March.
We participated in both events this year. Traveling to Miami meant an opportunity to connect with former SDYC Head Coach Maru Urban for some coaching in Biscayne Bay. With shallower bay conditions the traditional Miami Chop was certainly in effect along with light and shifty winds. As with many “trapping” boats like the 29er, shifty conditions put extra complexities on both the skipper and crew.
We sailed pretty well the the first two days of the regatta but struggled on the last day with changing wind conditions. We did not reach our goal of qualifying to represent the US at Youth Worlds this year, but it is special to be able to sail together as brothers and have the success we have enjoyed in the challenging 29er skiff class.
Thanks to SDYC Comp Fund for their support, we continue to learn tremendous lessons on the water and how to prepare off the water.
High Performance Regatta
US Sailing determined the qualifying events for Youth Worlds would consist of 2 events to determine the single team to represent the US in the 29er Fleet - the High Performance regatta at Texas Corinthian Yacht Club and Mid Winters East in Miami.
My brother Jack and I traveled to Houston area’s Texas Corinthian Yacht Club (TCYC) recently to compete in the 2018 High Performance Regatta. The event was for lasers and 29ers. This was my second time sailing in Texas and like Corpus Christi previously, sailing was in shallow waters, chop and unpredictable winds. At TCYC the launch through shallow waters required us to walk out boat out in waist high water for about 150 years before we could launch.
TCYC was a great host, especially the Race Committee. The Primary Race Officer (PRO) was very open with the sailors making us part of the process both on and off the water making this one of the best run regattas.
Despite a very windy practice day we started with light and shifty winds on day one. We struggled to figure out the conditions, often feeling out of phase with the wind shifts. The wind increased over the following two days of the regatta and we sailed better each day. The last day being our best, with only two races we finished with a fourth and first.
Our thanks again to San Diego Yacht Club for their support and to the members at TCYC for a great event.