In the months following a strong 2nd place and top Canadian finish at CORK in August I have been hard at work training with Canadian Sailing Team teammates Lee Parkhill and Matthew Ryder in my hometown of Toronto. The time at home has allowed me to focus on specific skills and movements which I found needed work from the previous season. I find it very useful to have dedicated training blocks not close to any major event so that I can try new things and experiment on the water. Luckily the weather cooperated (could have been much worse) and we were able to sail in relative warmth up until the end of October.
Training with coach Steve Mitchell
Training on the water has been followed up with extensive work in my home gym of Quantum Crossfit, where I have been building strength, endurance, balance and cardio health. Additionally I have been making regular trips to the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario for fitness testing and physio visits.
Pushing through the cycling test
Over the last two months I have also been keeping my skills sharp through training for and competing as main trimmer in the Canadian Match Racing Championships held October 16-18 at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Match racing is very different from fleet racing in that it is a who-beats-who battle between two boats. This type of racing emphasizes strong crew work, stellar command of the boat and superior knowledge of the rules. Match racing has helped me stay sharp when there are no Laser regattas going on and has greatly improved my knowledge of the rules.
Next, I will be travelling to Sydney, Australia in early November to join an international group to train and prepare for the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Melbourne, Australia. The trip will include 5 weeks of training and 4 regattas. I am confident the training and coaching I will receive will help refine my skills and push me to the next level. I will be home for Christmas and New Years before heading to Miami to prepare for the next Sailing World Cup regatta.
Thank you to all my supporters who continue to follow and fund me on this incredible journey! My next training update will be from Sydney.