Our team just finished up a great 4-day US Sailing Team Alphagraphics Training Camp at the Chicago Match Race Center. The training camp really helped us shake out some boathandling and tactical work in preparation for the next World Cup event, the Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres, France, which starts next week.
The Chicago Match Race Center just got four new Elliott 6ms and hardworking team got the ready for the sailors three US teams and a NZL training partner. Our coach Dave Perry and a slew of umpires, RC, riggers, and other helpers were there to make our long on the water Elliott sessions really worthwhile. On top of that, we got to come in from Elliot sailing two of the days to go out for evening practices on the Tom 28s with some of the local Chicago Match Race Center sailors. It was a great week and turned out to be a wonderful setup: we felt like we saw the best Chicago could offer, not only with the CMRC, but also with almost 80 degree (!?!) temps and a really disparate set of conditions. Light and choppy one day; windy choppy the next; light and flat; then windy, flat and shifty, which really helped us to feel comfortable and ready for anything. A huge thanks goes to the Chicago Match Race Center and everyone there for making this week possible!
Now we have a couple days at home to regroup, pack, and cover our varied tasks: mine is finalizing transportation and getting warm team midlayers, Alice is to update our callbook and gather pictures, and Karina is to make some trademark delicious granola bars and finish knitting the third team hat! Then we are heading to France on Wednesday.
Also—I’ll be speaking at the Strictly Sail Pacific show in Oakland tomorrow—my brief 1-hr session is called “Racing Rules Made Easy”. If you’re in the bay area and interested in coming please stop by! More info HERE.