2014 Midwinters Opti Regatta

Dear Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation,

I would like to thank you for your support which allowed me to attend the 2014 Midwinters Opti regatta on Lake Ponchartrain in New Orleans, Louisiana. This regatta was a tough regatta with many different conditions. I was hoping for lots of wind as this would be my last Opti regatta. It was very cold and required us to sail in our drysuits. The lake was hard to sail with short steep chop and some days with little wind. The regatta days had the wind shifting from lots of different directions. My first race was and 8th and then followed by a few OCS' and a couple top tens. It was hard to keep your position on the line and being one of the largest competitors made it even more difficult. I finished the last race of the regatta and my last Opti race with a 2nd place in that race and ended up 105th overall for the three days of racing. Your support has helped me gain experience in sailing in a variety of conditions and different locations.

Max Mayol