Just finished up my final training camp of the year! U.S. Sailing Team Coach, Steve Mitchell, along with Sail Canada's Coach, Vaughn Harrison, helped me host a nine-day clinic in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area. Joining us for the camp were my international training partners Monika Mikkola (Finland), Pernelle Michon (France), and Sarah Douglas (Canada). For the first five days, we sailed out of Lauderdale Yacht Club. Though we had some cold and tricky northwesterly breezes, Lauderdale blessed us with clear sunny skies and good hiking conditions the entire time. With only four boats, speed tuning was our focus while training. It felt great to be back in the straps after taking a month off after Enoshima Olympic Week in Japan.
After an awesome five days out on the Atlantic Ocean, we loaded our lasers into the hulls of two VSR coach boats and headed for the U.S. Sailing Center in Miami. On the trip down, everything was running smoothly until the trailer got a flat tire on I-95. At that time, we were only five miles away from reaching the U.S. Sailing Center in one piece. With the help from some LYC parents and Coach Steve (and no help from AAA), we decided we were going to try to make it with a flat. The good news is that we made it! The next four days my training partners and I were joined by youth members of the LYC High Performance Team for practice. It was an amazing experience getting to train and race against some of the most talented youth in the country. Another perk to training on Miami's Biscayne Bay is that it will host the 2018 Miami World Sailing Cup Series (Round 2) in late January.
Up next is the US Sailing Team Camp in Miami starting on January 3rd! Even though I just finished a nine-day camp, I am already excited to start the next one. From now till then, I will be enjoying some quality time with friends and family during the holiday season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!