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Midwinter’s East Regatta

The regatta took place from February 23-26. Clearwater is located near St. Pete, with racing taking place on the Gulf of Mexico. I was coaching the Lauderdale Yacht Club Radial team. The team consisted of 8 kids from the ages of 14-17. The Laser Radial fleet at this regatta consisted of 102 boats split into 2 fleets, with a gold and silver split for the final 2 days. This regatta has one of the top Radial fleets in the country for junior sailors to test themselves against. Over the 4 days, the sailors dealt with a variety of conditions. The first day featured nice breeze in the mid teens with 3 races total and some tricky late day shifts. The second day brought light air and current that made for challenging starting. The third day showed more light air that took a long time to fill. The final day had shifty light to medium breeze. Patience was tested while waiting on mother nature. Three of my sailors made the Gold fleet. They were the brothers Carrson and Carrter Pearce as well as Christian Ehrnrooth. Carrson was the US rep at the Youth Worlds last year where he finished 3rd. Regatta coaching is very different from the training setting. To begin with, the coach can only talk to the sailors pre-start. The coach’s role in a regatta is limited to helping the sailors figure out where to start, how to position themselves on the first leg, and how to exploit the course orientation and current (if any). So my goal was to communicate this information clearly to help eliminate most of the possible choices for where to start the race. Fewer choices lessens the burden of deciding.

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