Dear Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation,

Thank you very much for your generous grant that helped defray costs to my 29er sailing this summer in Kingston and Detroit. Canada included my first north Americans and first world championship in the 29er class. I started with the North Americans/ US nationals, which came down to the last race to see who would win the nationals between Max Brill/ Zach Malcolm and Rhodes and me. We had a poor last downwind leg, which propelled them into first, yet we finished a solid second. Overall, the North Americans served as a good tune-up as we finished 12th overall out of 69 boats and second American. The Worlds was an amazing regatta filled with crazy storms bringing heavy breeze and some sunny days with a mix of light air and heavy air. We finished qualifying a little behind where we wanted which left us in Silver fleet. We fought hard to come back to fourth in silver ending the regatta by winning the last day. We were proud to have finished 29th overall at our first 29er World Championship with over 100 boats.

After the worlds, I came home for a week before flying back to Detroit for the US Youth Championships in the 29er with Rhodes. The first day was filled with major storms and no racing. The rest of the days were typical lake sailing: puffy and huge shifts allowing for anything to happen. Although we finished fourth, we had an amazing time and learned a ton! These experiences this summer proved to be memorable, rewarding, and educational. They might not have been possible without your help. Thank you very much.

Jacob Rosenberg