Back in the USA after competing in the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Regatta (April 2nd - 7th). Palma de Mallorca seemed to throw every condition at us throughout the week. Everyday was completely different than the previous making the event both exciting and challenging. With some unforced errors in a few of the races, I fell just short of the medal races finishing the regatta in 13th out of 115 boats. Though this is not the result I was looking for, I am beyond proud to say that I improved on the goals I had set for myself after the Miami World Cup Event. Specifically, one of these goals focused on polishing up on my steering and sheeting technique in the breeze. During the two months between Miami and Palma, Coach Steve and I honed in on this area of weakness present in Miami by using every opportunity on the water to progress in heavy air technique. After two months of hard work on the water and in the gym, my best two Gold Fleet finishes at the Princesa Sofía were on the windiest day! In 18-22 knots, I scored an 11 and 12. In fact, if it wasn't for a capsize at the bottom of the final downwind in the second race (whoops!), I would have placed even better (haha). I must say, it was an absolutely epic flip though...I went for a gybe on a monster of a wave and my feet ended up over my head and my back slamming against the centerboard. I even lost my visor and new Love Your Melon beanie (RIP). Lost clothing articles aside, when I finished the race I couldn't help but have a huge smile plastered on my face because I had taken a step forward in the game and improved on one of my goals.
Up next is the Hyeres World Cup Event (April 24th - 29th) and the European Championship (May 7th - 12th). Treating the Palma regatta and these next two events as practice for the 2018 Hempel Aarhus ISAF World Championships in August, results will not be my main focus but capitalizing on my process goals will. The purpose of this is to fine-tune and hone in on the little details before competing in the peak event of the year. Leaving in only 1.5 weeks, it will be a quick turn around to Europe. Even though, I just got back home last night, I already can't wait to see all my friends and competitors again soon! Camaraderie is one of the coolest things about this sport and I am so thrilled to have friends that share my passion for sailing.