2013 Delta Lloyd Regatta

Dear Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation,

After having left the Medemblik "mizzle" (a term coined by our technical director, Fuzz, for the perpetual mist and drizzle we experienced in the Netherlands) behind us and we headed south to the sunshine in Southern Italy, where we competed in the Italian Nationals and the 470 European Championships.

One of our goals for the Delta Lloyd Regatta was to get our new boat set up and work out the tuning and rigging glitches that are standard in setting up a new boat. In general, our new (to us) 2011 MacKay 470 is in really good condition, but we were missing a critical piece of equipment...the rudder. The original rudder had been lost in storage, so the previous owner organized to have a British sailor bring a replacement rudder to Medemblik. The rudder didn't arrive for 4 days after we had arrived in Medemblik and once it did finally arrive, the rudder was 5 years older than the original rudder and completely unusable. Luckily, our US Sailing teammates Annie and Briana, had a spare rudder that they allowed us to use for training and the regatta.

It had been quite some time since Carly and I had been in the 470 together. Our most recent training had been at the US Sailing training camp in March, so we were looking forward to sailing together again and assessing our strengths and weaknesses. We experienced very challenging conditions throughout the Delta Lloyd Regatta, with strong and shifty breeze, and freezing temperatures-our hands and feet were numb for the majority of races! The first 2 days of the event, we were not racing well-with poor starts, boatspeed issues, and weak tactics. In the final 2 days of the regatta, we started to pull it together. We ensured that the things that were in our control, including starts and communicating well to make the smart tactical decisions, we executed and with the help of our coaches Romain, Fuzz, and Charlie, our speed also improved throughout the week. Overall, Delta Lloyd was a good experience and we learned quite a few things that we were able to carry over into our training in Formia, Italy preparing the European Championships.

The Europeans and our training leading up to this event was really great for our team. The European Championships is typically a well-attended event in the 470 class and this year was no exception. There were 40 women's teams competing this year, which meant that rather than splitting the fleet into Gold and Silver-which takes place when there are more than 40 registered teams-we raced as one fleet. This was the greatest number of boats that Carly and I had raced with to date and it was a great opportunity to gain experience starting and managing tactics in a large fleet. We didn't expect to have an outstanding result at this event, with the limited time we have spent in the boat together, so for us this event was all about making progress and learning each day. Not one day passed without valuable lessons learned.

Thank you to the Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation for your continued support! Both the Delta Lloyd Regatta and the European Championships were really valuable events for our team to compete in as we continue work hard to achieve our long term goal of competing at the top of the 470 Women's fleet and competing in the 2016 Olympics.