After four great days of warm (hot!)-weather practice in Key Biscayne, our USSTAG Qualifier Regatta starts tomorrow (today now as we didn’t have internet last night). We’ve already qualified for the 2011 US Sailing Team Alphagraphics based on last year’s international results, along with teammates Team Tunnicliffe and Team Barkow. But the regatta is still important for us, as it is a qualifier for our next three World Cup events, including the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, which starts later this month. For the rest of the 8 teams, this regatta is the last chance to qualify for the USSTAG, and for a US spot for the Miami OCR.
Our 3-day clinic was lead by Dave Perry, the first in what he is calling the “The Road to Rio” series, focusing not just on our 2012 Olympic Games but also on the next generation and the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. It was a great three days of training, with light air and flat water the first two, followed by building breeze Wednesday and good breeze and chop today as the cold front came in. After great pre-start, downwind, and tactical drills and training, we now feel very prepared for the regatta, and are looking forward to the varying conditions forecasted for tomorrow and the weekend.
We have settled in well in Miami and have our very own mascot, Scout—Alice’s black beauty, a Labrador who clearly thinks she’s our “fourth woman”. She’s made friends with all of the right people at the club so hopefully will be well taken care of while we’re out on the water. (Thanks Rich!)
We’d like to thank Sail Sheboygan for their continued support of women’s match racing, as well as USSTAG for their support of our team. We’re looking forward to a good month in Miami with our fellow teammates. Here’s the site for the qualifier, and make sure to check out our website if you haven’t seen the new updates!
Genny, Alice, Jenn