Last week I competed in the Miami OCR which took place in Biscayne Bay, Florida. There was a good turn out in the Radial fleet of 58 boats from 26 different countries. We experienced a range of conditions throughout the event, sometimes we experienced an extreme range of conditions all in a single race! All week I was only a few points away from qualifying for the top 10 medal race, right until the last day when the sailing conditions became very 'funky' and I slipped down the results to finish 15th overall. I was disappointed to not make the medal race but it was a useful regatta to have done as part of my training.
The overall winner in the Radial fleet was Paige Railey
from the USA, who sailed an exceptionally consistent regatta considering some of the crazy wind shifts we experienced! Another notable result came from my good friend and room mate for the trip, Annalise Murphy
from Ireland who finished in 4th place making this her most successful event to date. Annalise and I were fortunate enough to be put up for the 2 weeks we were in Miami by a family who used to live in Ireland and were members of the same yacht club as Annalise. So a huge thank you to the Rickard family for their kind hospitality!
The British team did exceptionally well in the other classes, taking 14 medals home in total and winning Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Finn and 49er fleets! For full results in all classes click HERE.
I am now in Nayarit, Mexico where for the next 2 weeks I will be training with Tania Elias Calles
from Mexico, Francesca Clapcich
from Italy, Fatima Reyes
from Spain and Nathalie Brugger
from Switzerland. I have been doing my best to learn some Spanish whilst I'm in Mexico so that I have some sort of idea of what is going on around me. Yesterday I went with all the girls to a spinning class at the gym, it was all in Spanish so I didn't really have a clue what I was supposed to be doing, it was a lot of fun though! I think I am really going to enjoy this training camp as the weather is fantastic and the location is stunning. I will write all about it in my next blog post, so check back soon for an update!
Happy sailing everyone!